Report: Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Sixers who plan to waive him

Aug 26, 5:08 PM

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The Philadelphia 76ers will accept just about any and all reclamation projects, except former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet.

For Philadelphia, the move nets them nothing more than a bit of cash. According to salary information from Shamsports, only $500,000 of Thabeet's deal is guaranteed. If, however, the Sixers elect to keep Thabeet, the hulking center will earn $1.3 million next season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, on the other hand, open up a small trade exception and an extra roster spot. Had they simply waived Thabeet themselves, they would have still been over the cap, thus the exception would not have existed. Essentially, they paid a little extra cash to create a minuscule asset.

For Thabeet, the 27-year-old is at a crossroads. His career averages of 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game clearly isn't very marketable, but he does stand at 7-foot-3, so he could at least be a big body in the paint. Then again, if even the tanking Sixers don't want him, it's hard to envision a competitive team that would.

Aug 26, 8:32 PM

Thunder officially trade Thabeet to Sixers for trade exception, 2nd-round pick

Aug 26, 8:32 PM

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This is the way the Hasheem Thabeet era ends, not with a bang but a whimper. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder will send the 7-foot-3 center to the Philadelphia 76ers for a protected 2015 second-round pick, according to a press release. The Sixers are expected to waive Thabeet, while the Thunder net a small trade exception.

It's certainly not a blockbuster deal, and it's unclear as to whether Thabeet will find another NBA job. His height aside, Thabeet's 2.2-point, 2.7-rebound career averages aren't exactly appealing to most teams. It's expected that the Sixers will waive him before Sept. 1.

For more on the trade, see the post below.

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