Monday, June 22nd, 2009 at 9:28 am  |  20 responses

Hasheem Thabeet Didn’t Nix the Grizzlies

Never believe what the blogs are saying, kids: “After learning late Friday that Thabeet canceled his visit to Memphis because of a ‘shoulder injury,’ the Grizzlies dispatched executives and coaches to Los Angeles for a meeting with the 7-3 center out of Connecticut. Griz general manager Chris Wallace, scouting boss Tony Barone Sr., head coach Lionel Hollins and assistant coach Johnny Davis hopped an afternoon flight on Saturday and headed for Hollywood. They spent about three hours in Los Angeles and returned to Memphis late Saturday night.”

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  • http://slamonline.com B. Long

    If the Griz pick this kid it will set them back farther than the Gasol trade.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I really wonder what Memphis will do Thursday. Drafting Thabeet and putting him in with Gasol is a nice frontline, even though Thabeet still has a lot of work to do.

  • Ken

    Honestly feel pretty bad for Memphis. Nobody wants to work out for them, nobody wants to play for them, and they just watched Pau get a championship with another team…a team they gave him to for free. I can’t imagine what its like to be a Memphis fan. You know OJ is just counting the days before he can leave.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Ken, they basically traded Pau for Marc, and Marc can play. At least that’s something.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Yeah, Gasol the younger is an underrated asset. It was still a give away, but Marc is already better than I’d expected. I’m conflicted about Thabeet though, I think he’ll be (atleast) a top 5-6 defensive center in the L within a couple years, but he is definitely still very raw.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I feel the same way about Thabeet. He could also be the next Dalembert, you know, always being considered a “talent”, but never a star. Still, I think Memphis should do it.

  • http://sdfjklc.com Jukai

    Memphis doesn’t have a choice, really. Drafting Rubio makes no sense with ball-dominating wing players like OJ and Gay. Most of the other talents are shooting guards and small forwards, so you’d be pretty much getting a backup for the number two pick, which is ridiculous.
    The only three other options, outside of Thabeet, are Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, and Jordan Hill. Evans would be a servicable combo guard who could play the one while not over-dominating the ball. Jennings is athletic enough to not need the ball to be a decent aquisition, although they’d be holding his talent back tremendously if they did that, and Jordan Hill… but why draft an all-offense no-defense power forward when your entire backcourt (Warrick, Gasol, Milicic, Hasjkfsdfhmshad) is all-offense no-defense.
    They HAD to draft Thabeet. If they don’t, it’s draft and trade Rubio or draft Rubio and trade Mayo or Gay. Dem the ropes.

  • Canuck

    I’m really curious as to what the Thunder do if Thabeet goes 2nd. Do they take Rubio? Put Westbrook at the 2? Or do they draft Harden, who they’re apparently looking long and hard at as an option for their pick. Or, do they make a trade down to someone like the Knicks who would love to have their hands on Rubio?

  • WhaHuh

    Thabeet @ Thunder= Good
    Thabeet @ Grizzlies= Bad

    Gasol is bad defensively but they have bigger holes

  • Quail

    @Canuck: I doubt the Thunder pass on Rubio if the Grizzlies do first. but u were right about what they would do if they did draft Rubio. They would put Russ at the 2 and start Rubio at the 1. They still need a center tho. Whether it’s a defensive one or not.

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    i’m fairly confident that memphis has something in the works in terms of a trade packaged with an expiring darko, or a longer term contract in jaric or buckner.

  • Josh D

    The fact that he hasn’t worked out for the Griz and with Rubios situation makes the second pick very interesting, i’d be interested to see whether Thabeet or Rubio is taken

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    I just hope that the Thunder don’t actually KEEP Rubio. I’d love Hasheem to be there at that #3 pick. But if he’s not, I hope they draft Rubio and trade him right away.

  • http://slamonline blaze

    kinda funny how certain nba cities are just unappealing to its players. Memphis,Vancouver,Utah,Milwakee,etc.

  • Canuck

    @dma: Do you know which team Memphis is trying to work out a trade with? Because I’ve also heard that this is true, but depending on the team, we don’t know if they are trading to pick Rubio or Thabeet. I’m hoping it’s the Knicks trading up for Rubio, because that would be the perfect system for him with Dantoni, in which case Thabeet would fall to the Thunder for a pretty sick starting lineup of:
    PF-Green(though I’d prefer him as 6th man with maybe Krstic starting)

  • http://google tvb17

    i agree draft big then get guards and forwrds thru draft or free agent when grizzlies had 7th pick the local media or memphian didnt and havent said anything about rubio get 2nd that all you hear mighty all of a sudden one bad game against blair that all you hear rubio bad games you hear nothing im quite sure he had some

  • al

    Younger Gasol is not a good defensive player??? OMG…

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    yeah, i heard a lot of teams trying to trade up.
    i think memph. should trade their pick to the knicks for their pick and lee. then at the 8th pick pick up curry if he is still their. if not. you can always take johny flynn, tyreke evens, harden. i mean its a weak draft, but you can find good, decent pieces, and i mean they could always trade the 8th pick for another already proven player.
    instead of rubio and a bunch of ? marks.
    i honestly dont think rubio will be that that good.
    i mean he has good court vision, and passing abilities, but i mean i think hinrich… idk. its just i think he will be good like down the road.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    also rubios stats in the euro league, are the same is sergio’s i think.

  • Paul

    I think Memphis is trying to trade down but Rubio makes no sense to me in OC or Memphis. he makes sense in Sacramento but I hear from an inside guy (really) that the Kings would love to have Rubio gone because they actually like Flynn and Evans better but would take heat from the fans if they didn’t pick Rubio. I personally think Thabeet is going to be good player to star. He made some serious progress last year. The Griz or Thunder would be nuts not to take Thabeet. The Kings also think they could well fall to last place again next year and with Wall coming out who needs Rubio.