Hasheem Thabeet, Maalik Wayns

Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to 76ers


Is there a place for Hasheem Thabeet in the NBA?

We’ll soon learn the answer to that question, but if there is, it sure isn’t in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder have Steven Adams, Mitch McGary and Kendrick Perkins at center. And if they kept Thabeet past Aug. 31, they’d have to guarantee the final year and $1.25 million of his contract.

So, Oklahoma City could have simply waived Thabeet, increased its flexibility and maintained enough center depth.

Instead, the Thunder have gone a more complicated route.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Because Thabeet’s contract is unguaranteed, the 76ers don’t have to pay him. Any money they got from Oklahoma City is profit.

Essentially, Philadelphia rented its cap space in exchange for a little revenue – and had to rent it only temporarily. Once Thabeet is waived, the 76ers will have just as much cap space as they began the day with, which is to say more than they know what to do with.

The Thunder, in addition to getting a $1.25 million trade exception, trim their roster to 14 players. Perhaps, that final vacant spot could go to Josh Huestis, but why mess up your advantage?

Sitting $2,806,033 below the luxury-tax line, Oklahoma City has time – and a trade exception – to tinker with its roster between now and the trade deadline.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.