NBA / Feb 24, 2011 / 10:45 am

NBA Trade Rumor: Hasheem Thabeet To Houston For Shane Battier

Hasheem Thabeet

Hasheem Thabeet (photo. Nicky Woo)

While most of the trade chatter out of Memphis has centered around Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo, apparently there is only one player Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley is looking to deal: Hasheem Thabeet. According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, the trade would bring Shane Battier back to the Grizzlies in exchange for Thabeet. But apparently it’s not that simple:

A deal would hinge on Memphis’ willingness to also include a future first-round draft pick in its bid to reunite with Battier. The Griz failed in their initial attempt to acquire Battier earlier this year and may try to enlist a third team to avoid sending the Rockets a pick.

What this deal means for both teams is such: Memphis gets security at the small forward position for Rudy Gay, while Houston gets a young big man to play alongside Luis Scola in the presumable post-Yao Ming era.

Two quick things that Tillery notes:

1. Despite yesterday’s rumor, he contends the Grizzlies have not entertained trade offers for Randolph, and plan to sign him to a contract extension before he becomes a free agent this summer.

2. While everyone’s calling about Mayo, Heisley is said to have declined every potential trade, believing Memphis wouldn’t receive fair value in return.

What do you think? Would you make this trade?

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  • http://www.dimemag.com Jesse

    “two” quick things ;)

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips


    Thanks! As you can imagine, it’s crazy around here!

  • dagwaller

    Has anyone here seen Thabeet play recently? I’ve not. I wouldn’t be surprised if he follows a Kwame-esque career path, only he might not even last that long.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    That would be a HORRIBLE trade. Mind you, it already sucked how Shane got to Houston in the first place. Dang Rudy would have been nice in Houston.

    They should have had a significant plan B for Yao a long time ago and of course they should have traded him a looooong time ago.

    Anyway all that is “shoulda, coulda, woulda” stuff now.

    The Rockets need a significant 1,2 punch. Sorry but Scola is not a dude to carry a squad. K Mart is ok as a 2 really but you can try to have him as a 1. Still they should be looking for another option offensively (at center if possible) that can be with no question that first or second option. Then everyone else just play their regular and respective rolls.

    Rockets keep trying to rob Peter to pay Paul and IT AIN’T WORKING!

  • WinDelRoj

    This would be dumb. They know they are getting Hasheem and not Hakeem right?


    the Knicks should offer Azubuike or Brewer for him, Memphis get a backup wing player and the Knicks get a big body and 6 fouls.