Hasheem Thabeet on the Trade Block?
The Grizzlies are looking to make moves prior to the trade deadline, according to the Commercial Appeal, and Hasheem Thabeet could find himself on the way out the door (though the team, of course, denies anything being on the table): “Team executives, who had insisted the current group would have until the All-Star break to find a rhythm, will consider potential trade offers depending on how the Griz handle the next two weeks. Sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking said Wednesday that the Grizzlies’ 12-17 record has been deemed unacceptable. The team might look to shake up the roster if it can’t put together a significant winning streak and solidify a place in the Western Conference playoff race. To that end, 7-3 center Hasheem Thabeet is no longer unavailable. The Griz had resisted offers for the second-year player. But Thabeet is now being viewed as an asset most likely to be traded in order to augment the Grizzlies. NBA.com first reported that the Griz were shopping Thabeet more than a week ago. Although no deals were imminent at the time, it wouldn’t be surprising if Thabeet is moved in the coming weeks. Griz general manager Chris Wallace declined to discuss potential deals and said the team’s trade activity has been overstated. ‘We are continuously talking to teams throughout the year. And it’s no different than the process of the other 29 teams,’ Wallace said. ‘Sometimes those conversations are very simplistic, and there’s nothing to them. Sometimes they’re serious. It’s the normal course of what’s out there. But we don’t feel we have to do deals right now. That’s how you end up making mistakes. You walk a fine line with being aggressive and seriously considering all of the options. We have quality players.’”