Hasheem Thabeet could sign and play Wednesday

Thunder's new 7-foot-3 center cannot sign a contract until Wednesday. If he does sign, he could play in the final three games at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 8, 2012
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photo - University of Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet takes questions in the interview room after being selected by the Memphis Grizzlies as the No. 2 pick in the first round of the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 25, 2009, in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) ORG XMIT: NYJD104
University of Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet takes questions in the interview room after being selected by the Memphis Grizzlies as the No. 2 pick in the first round of the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 25, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) ORG XMIT: NYJD104

Noticeably absent from the Thunder's summer league roster is a 7-foot-3 center who recently agreed to join Oklahoma City.

But that doesn't mean Hasheem Thabeet will not compete for the Thunder in this week's Orlando Pro Summer League.

Thabeet can't officially sign his new multiyear contract offer from the Thunder until Wednesday, when the league's free agent moratorium is lifted. Until then, he is not contractually a member of the Thunder.

That, of course, doesn't prohibit Thabeet from playing. Ten of the 14 players on OKC's summer league roster aren't under contract with the Thunder. But those 10 aren't two days away from inking a binding agreement that comes with guaranteed money. It would be too much of a risk for Thabeet to play Monday and Tuesday without having his contract squared away.

It's possible, though, that Thabeet signs his contract Wednesday morning and suits up for the Thunder's final three games in Orlando.

Thabeet is expected to join the team in Orlando this week, and he is likely to participate in practice sessions throughout the week. If he does sign Wednesday morning, there won't be anything stopping Thabeet from joining the team.

Few players need court time more than Thabeet, which is why it seems likely he will compete at some point this week. Over the past two seasons, Thabeet has played just 512 minutes. Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, by comparison, logged 501 minutes in just his rookie season. And in splitting time with Houston and Portland this past season, Thabeet played just 139 minutes — 74 fewer than Kevin Durant did in the five-game series with Miami in the NBA Finals.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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