Hasheem Thabeet Garnering Interest From Teams In Asia, Spain

Former No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet is evaluating interest from multiple teams in Asia and Spain, with the former UConn center hoping to resurrect his NBA career by proving his worth, agent Jerry Dianis told Hoops Rumors.

In addition to clubs overseas, several teams in the G League have maintained an interest in Thabeet, Dianis said.

Thabeet signed an NBA G League contract and started the season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers’ G League affiliate. He parted ways with the team last month after averaging four points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in fairly limited time (16.4 minutes per contest), appearing in nine total games.

Thabeet, 32, remains a valuable defensive asset for teams in need of rim protection. He’s established himself as an elite shot-blocker during his professional career, using his 7’3″, 260-pound athletic frame to contest shots and play strong defense.

Thabeet worked out for multiple NBA teams before being drafted by Fort Wayne in the fall, including Golden State, Denver and New York. He also attended two workouts with Milwaukee.

Thabeet, who spent three seasons at UConn from 2006-09, has shown impressive durability and worked hard on improving his body in recent years. He has made past stops with the Grizzlies, Rockets, Blazers, Thunder, Pistons and Lakers, which includes an array of G League stints.

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8 thoughts on “Hasheem Thabeet Garnering Interest From Teams In Asia, Spain

  1. Otogar

    What does “he has shown impressive durability” exactly mean? Apparently he has not played that much in the last few years (or throughout his professional career, for what it’s worth. I’d rather say he has shown astonishing insistence on trying to get another chance after proving he’s a bust.

  2. Grant

    I didn’t even know this dude played all 4 years. I thought he was a one and done when he came out wow

  3. Jeff Zanghi

    I wouldn’t mind the Celtics giving him a look in Maine and if he seems up to it putting him on the roster as a solid def option at Center. Though if Williams is about to come back that might not be necessary. But it would also potentially be beneficial to have him there to mentor Tacko Fall and maybe help him develop his low post defense a bit. I know Tacko has mostly garnered attention as somewhat of a “joke” for lack of a better term or novelty… But when he plays he’s actually been quite effective and I think he has more to offer in the NBA than just the “novelty” of his size. Someone to mentor him couldn’t hurt — and if Williams doesn’t come back healthy the C’s could really use a defensive minded big behind Theis and Kanter.

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