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

While missing the first two days is not ideal — especially with the Thunder opening against Boston and former Syracuse center Fab Melo — the final three days would provide plenty of time for Thabeet to get in some good work.

If Thabeet does play Wednesday, he could potentially go head-to-head with Andre Drummond, the former UConn center who was selected ninth overall this year by Detroit. Drummond has enough size and even better athleticism to give Thabeet a good test to set the bar for the rest of his summer. Then, on Friday morning, the Thunder is scheduled to play Utah. In Enes Kanter, last year's No. 3 overall pick, the Jazz also have a big man who can challenge Thabeet and provide both the player as well as all interested parties an adequate summary of where Thabeet stands.

First, that contract has got to get signed.

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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