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Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:14 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Remember that one time Hasheem Thabeet was drafted No. 2 overall? Yeah, that actually happened.

Well in his two years in the NBA, Thabeet hasn't made much of an impact. He's only appeared in just 86 games, has averaged just 12.0 minutes a game when he's played, has career averages of 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds a game and even was assigned to the D-League last season, making him the highest pick ever sent down. While Thabeet's shown some signs of being a good interior defensive presence and rim protector, really, his NBA career has been entirely disappointing so far.

And according to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Memphis may be ready to move on from the Thabeet experience.

Likely to no one's surprise, Aldridge says no significant offers have been made. Teams are calling, but nothing serious yet. But the Grizzlies want Thabeet moved so they can entirely move on to the future of Marc Gasol at center.

Draft night when Thabeet was taken, no one really understood why so high. Everyone had him there, but really, why? No signs of an offensive game, was soft in the post and really his only talent was blocking shots. And even there he hasn't done that well with that without fouling. Plus, the Grizzlies already had Gasol at the time but tried to convince everyone that Gasol was really a power forward.

Nobody was really sold on the twin tower combo of Thabeet and Gasol, except evidently Chris Wallace and Michael Heisley. In the end, Thabeet has been a fairly massive failure in Memphis. Some took to calling Thabeet "Thabust" before the draft and so far, the name fits.

The Grizzlies likely shouldn't have too much trouble moving Thabeet because a lot of teams out there would love the shot to try and develop a 7'3 big man like him. Roy Hibbert wasn't exactly NBA ready when he was taken a few years back but through hard work and develop, he's a force. So someone will most definitely be intrigued at the opportunity to have Thabeet.

But the Grizzlies won't be getting any kind of return on investment. Thabeet was a something pretty much destined to fail there. Memphis is making the right call though to just swallow their its medicine and try and move on.

Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Comparison to young Hibbert an insult to Hibbert.

Even as a high school kid, Hibbert had pretty polished footwork, could shoot a little, and was a very good passer.  Hibbert just was not a defensive force at all.  Thabeet had (and still has) no offensive skills, is not particularly physical, and is only a good shot blocker because he never has to leave his feet.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2010 4:35 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

Send him to the Warriors. They could use another center who can't shoot and fouls a lot to fill in for Biedrins when he's in foul trouble or hurt. Sounds like they have the same game.





Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:09 am
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

AYE



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

That would be beau-ti-ful ,if Knicks would do it .... All in favor say "Aye"



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:22 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

new york please ur hand up...ship randolph if ur not gonna play him



Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:22 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

I can see Sam Presti thinking "I can get this guy for a second round pick no problem."



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:39 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

The part i thought was funny was where it said (David) Aldridge had reported that no significant offers had been made.  My question would be to the Grizzles front office, what would they consider "significant" exactly?

So many times you hear about upside in the draft but really, how many times have guys like him lived up to upside vs. times they turn out to be a bust...I gotta go I got Oden on line 2.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:53 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

I meant to say it doesn't always work out....



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:52 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

Gasol, like Thabeet at the time was fairly unknown of what there potential was & what there talent.....everyone called him Pau's brother & that Pau was stolen from Memphis & gave away for nothing....now that Gasol has some good playing time under his belt..the story changes.Typical! Thabeet was a great defensive player & obviously Memphis among others thought they could use him on the d side , and build that offensive game a bit..it didn't work out for them, it always doesn't.Move him & maybe he can still become something.Toronto needs centers,work something out.The Raptors already blew it by trading Roy Hibbert , maybe Thabeet can do well there.An International player in an International city , with a team of players from all around the world.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:58 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to trade Thabeet

My men's league team needs a center, but we'll pass on Thabeet.  The 45 year-old guy we have could school Thabeet on everything except height.  Come to think of it, Hasheem could likely screw that up too.  What a colossal bust, and I'm a Wolves fan and an expert on BUSTS!


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