OKC Thunder: Signings of Hasheem Thabeet, Hollis Thompson fill out Oklahoma City's roster

On the first day that teams could officially sign players to contracts, the Thunder inked two players that will serve as the 14th and 15th men, filling the roster to the maximum allowable players and forming the team we'll see come training camp next fall.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 11, 2012
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— So much for a free-agent frenzy.

For the Oklahoma City Thunder, the shopping spree was over before it ever began.

On the first day that teams could officially sign players to contracts, the Thunder inked two players that will serve as the 14th and 15th men, filling the roster to the maximum allowable players and forming the team we'll see come training camp next fall.

Hasheem Thabeet officially signed a multiyear contract Wednesday morning, and the Thunder announced Wednesday afternoon that it had signed undrafted forward Hollis Thompson.

Thabeet's deal originally was reported to be a two-year, fully guaranteed deal. But The Oklahoman has learned that Thabeet's contract is only partially guaranteed and could keep him in Oklahoma City for a total of three seasons.

Thompson, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Georgetown, inked a similar three-year, partially guaranteed deal for the league minimum. It's a deal that will pay Thompson $473,604 in the first year of his deal if he makes the team and about $2.2 million over the life of the deal if he sticks in Oklahoma City.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome Hasheem to our organization,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “We look forward to him continuing his development as a young player as a member of the Thunder.”

Thabeet was not made available to the media on Wednesday in Orlando, where he has joined the team for its participation in the weeklong Orlando Pro Summer League. Thompson will travel to Oklahoma City next week.

Their additions cap a relatively uneventful Thunder offseason. Perry Jones III, who the Thunder selected with the 28th overall pick in last month's draft, is the only other player the Thunder added.

Jones, Thabeet and Thompson will replace veterans Derek Fisher, Nazr Mohammed and Royal Ivey, all of whom are unrestricted free agents now after playing out the final year of their contracts last season.

Depending on your viewpoint, it might seem like a disappointing result for a team that fell short in the NBA Finals. But the Thunder is banking on its improvement in 2012-13 to come from in-house development rather than marquee additions.

“We don't have to make major changes or get a whole new team in here,” Kevin Durant said two days after the season. “We just have to stick to what we have been doing the last few years … Guys need to keep coming in and getting better and we know it will take from the first guy to the last guy to get (a championship).”

Thompson is a sharpshooter who hit 44 percent of this 3-point field goal attempts during his three-year college career. He averaged 12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his junior season with the Hoyas. With the Thunder, his role would be as a shooting specialist who spots up on the perimeter or curls off screens for catch-and-shoot opportunities.

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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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