Tramel: Sure. He’s got a very favorable contract, plus he’s a super locker room guy, from all indications. And there are times when he’s needed. With Steven Adams and Perkins, Thabeet rarely is needed. But if one of the other is sidelined — as Perk was for a good chunk of the season — then the Thunder occasionally need Thabeet to fill in. And he’s very solid defensively. Still can alter shots, which is a very good trait.
Should the Thunder bring back Thabeet for a third season?
Mayberry: Depends. How aggressive is the Thunder going to be in its attempts to improve the roster this summer? If the Thunder decides to spend on upgrades and needs to shed Thabeet’s salary, it’s a loss OKC can live with. But if the Thunder sticks to its process and remains cost conscious, there’s no reason to let him go. My guess is he’ll be back.
Slater: Thabeet sounds like he wants to be back. But for the Thunder, he’s secondary in this offseason’s thought process. Sam Presti needs to get all his retooling done, explore every possible option and avenue, through draft, free agency and trade. Then, once that’s all done — and only if there is a roster spot available — circle back to Thabeet. Great guy to have in your locker room, one of the NBA’s best bench celebrators, but not at the expense of a needed roster spot.
Tramel: Yes. With a contract coasting just $1.25 million next season, Thabeet is very affordable. If the Thunder is going to carry three centers, why not keep Thabeet? I would be hard-pressed to find a better third-team center in the NBA. If Tibor Pleiss decided he’s ready to start his NBA clock, I guess that could complicate things, but otherwise, I vote for the retention of Thabeet.