Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hasheem Thabeet agrees to 2-year deal with Oklahoma City

Hasheem Thabeet is getting another chance to prove himself, this time with the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder. Thabeet's agent, Bill Duffy, confirmed Thursday that the 7-foot-3 center has agreed to a two-year guaranteed contract with the Thunder. Thabeet, who came to the Blazers in March as part of the Marcus Camby trade, was the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft by Memphis but has averaged only 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in limited playing time over the past three seasons with the Grizzlies, Houston and Portland. Duffy believes the Thunder could provide a better fit for the defensive-minded Tanzanian. "They have so much offensive firepower that there is less reliance on scoring from the center position," Duffy said. Thabeet has averaged only 10 minutes per game and started 16 times in his career. He played in 20 games last season for Houston and Portland, starting three times. Duffy said Thabeet understands he "was a high-profile draft pick" and still has to prove himself, but he appreciates Thunder general manager Sam Presti believing in him and giving him a chance.


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