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Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to 76ers

Aug 26, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

Hasheem Thabeet, Maalik Wayns Hasheem Thabeet, Maalik Wayns

Is there a place for Hasheem Thabeet in the NBA?

We’ll soon learn the answer to that question, but if there is, it sure isn’t in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder have Steven Adams, Mitch McGary and Kendrick Perkins at center. And if they kept Thabeet past Aug. 31, they’d have to guarantee the final year and $1.25 million of his contract.

So, Oklahoma City could have simply waived Thabeet, increased its flexibility and maintained enough center depth.

Instead, the Thunder have gone a more complicated route.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Because Thabeet’s contract is unguaranteed, the 76ers don’t have to pay him. Any money they got from Oklahoma City is profit.

Essentially, Philadelphia rented its cap space in exchange for a little revenue – and had to rent it only temporarily. Once Thabeet is waived, the 76ers will have just as much cap space as they began the day with, which is to say more than they know what to do with.

The Thunder, in addition to getting a $1.25 million trade exception, trim their roster to 14 players. Perhaps, that final vacant spot could go to Josh Huestis, but why mess up your advantage?

Sitting $2,806,033 below the luxury-tax line, Oklahoma City has time – and a trade exception – to tinker with its roster between now and the trade deadline.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Man…I hope Philly keeps him.

  2. rrhoe - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Hard to believe Thabeet was a second pick in any draft.

    • jeffkx - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Agreed. I was watching Andrew Wiggins draft videos and stumbled onto Hasheem. I have no idea what Memphis saw in this guy. Even his college highlights were bad.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        They saw 7″3.

      • jeffkx - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        I think you’re correct.

    • dablakdrphil - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Just shows you it doesn’t matter if you’re over 7 feet. If you don’t have decent footwork, decent post moves or play defense you will not get any time on the court. That was a wasted pick when he was drafted at 2

      • antistratfordian - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        But at least he finished last season ranked 2nd in Points Per Play allowed on defense.

      • dablakdrphil - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Touche @anti

      • muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:45 AM

        7’3″ means alot, it just shouldn’t jump anyone up that far if they have little else. Basketball is a tall man’s sport, and height goes a long, long ways in the NBA!

        [With extreme rare exception] There is a reason why guys under 6 ft. no matter how talented, skilled, and athletic they are – don’t make it in the NBA.

        So in basketball, height does really, really matter in terms of success (how in the world can you stop a 7’5″ guy who can shoot? What’s his value protecting the rim/blocking shots?) – it just doesn’t mean everything

        [I’m 5’6]

    • antistratfordian - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:07 PM


      That’s equivalent to running a 4.2 forty in the NFL.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        How’s it working out for the teams that have had Thabeet?

      • antistratfordian - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Well ask that question again at the end of this season because if the Cavs get him it might work out real well.

    • enigma2742 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      They have Marc Gasol I dont think they have sleepless night

  3. sylpkt - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    The Thunder just traded the biggest and ugliest cheerleader on earth for a bag of balls. Thanks for the memories Hash!

  4. padraighansen - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Hmmm….Roberson & picks to MKE for Sessions (sign & trade) and Dudley

  5. yesser12 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Hash probably should have played a bit more. He could have been good for 6 fouls at least. Hopefully OKC uses this TPE

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    I’d say it is safe to call this one a bust.
    That’s what happens when you draft potential.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      It’s incorrect to say that is what happens when you draft potential.

      Yes, he is a bust.

      Sometimes the potential doesn’t work out…

      But sometimes the potential does work out… as it isn’t every time a player is a bust when they were drafted on potential.

      What about the busts that were NOT drafted as potential?

      • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        I know.
        Now that I re-read my post, it doesn’t say what I meant. That’s right, I misquoted myself.

    • muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:52 AM

      Yeah Kobe, Garnett, Wiggins, LeBron, Durant, Carmelo, Howard, Paul…. see a similarity? They were only teens when coming into the league. That’s what happens when you pick potential.

      Every young man who gets drafted in the NBA is drafted due to his potential, NO ONE is proven .. therefore, what in the world are you talking about??

  7. rajbais - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Still in the league. By year 3 kwame brown averaged 10.7 ppg and 7.4 rpg in 30+ mpg.

    This guy cant even get a 11 min/GAme average.

    He’s worse than kwame.

    • katra2logic - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Kwame Brown – Body like a Greek god, hands like a tiny girl…

  8. phillysports1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM


  9. csbanter - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Getting traded to the Sixers is a blessing in disguise for a guy like Thabeet. He should be able to get some minutes and prove his worth. The Sixers have Embiid, Noel, Thabeet , you never know maybe they know something we don’t.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      And if the Sixers simply waive him, does that still count as a blessing in disguise for Thabeet?

  10. udkidd - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    He’s 27 already? Wasn’t he drafted in 2009?

  11. JMClarkent - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    If the Sixers are serious about tanking not only will they keep him, but he will start and play 30 MPG/ whenever that 6th foul was tagged.

  12. sumkat - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    So Hinkie is in the business of doing other teams favors now?

    • sixerstrong - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Why not build some good faith with some of the fellow GM’s? It could certainly help grease the wheels for a future trade. Not to mention the Sixers are losing absolutely nothing and gaining cash in the process. Sounds like a savvy business move to me.

  13. jaybe05 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    76ers what the hell are you doing?!! this guy is a bum,what will he bring to the team besides keeping the seat warm.not feeling hinkie at all,but i’m gonna sit back & watch what it is your trying to do to my team.i think your trying to be worst than harold katz,but at least katz won a title.your just doing what?…..i have no ideal.

    • wbramh - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      The Sixers have no intention of playing Thabeet. He’ll be released immediately. Basically, they got paid to take him off OKC’s hands while not having to to pay Thabeet’s contract and maintaining their own cap space. It’s a no-brainer for both teams. Not so great for Thabeet who will be without a team.

      Hinkie knows exactly what he’s doing. In two or three years they’ll have a teamful of talented young draft picks, a low payroll and plenty of cap space to pull in a couple of superstar FAs a la Cleveland.

      • jaybe05 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        i hope so

    • muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:56 AM

      Sixers will be loaded with very young super talents next year! A team you can expect to get better year after year after year after year after… I think you get my drift.

      …. as long as they stay the course though.

      That’s why I love really young teams!

      • jaybe05 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        i hope so my man

  14. muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:57 AM

    Sixers still should have gotten Vonleh over Embiid in the draft last year though.

    • muhangis - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Just as much of a project as Wiggins, Exum, and Parker. If he’s a project, so what? Often pays off in the long run, which is what the Sixers are playing for anyways. They don’t care to make the playoffs this season.

  15. mungman69 - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Vonleh? He’s more of a project than Embiid.
    If you watched Thabeet in college he just kept getting better and better. AT THE TIME everyone thought that this was a good pick.

  16. bevan18 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    if one skinny tall guy with no offense goes down at least they’ll have 2 others to fill in for him now

  17. mungman69 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Sixers in two (2) years are great.

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