The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with center Hasheem Thabeet, reports The Oklahoman on Wednesday night.
The former No. 2 overall pick can not sign the deal until July 11 but it is being reported that both seasons are fully guaranteed.
“Playing in that environment is positive,” Thabeet’s agent, Bill Duffy, told the newspaper. “Sam Presti has done a great job of not only building a winning organization but a culture that’s conditioned to developing and nurturing. So we think it’s a really good fit. So now the onus is on Hasheem to buy into that and to develop and to reach his potential.”
Drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft after a stellar career at Connecticut, Thabeet has struggled to find his legs in the pros. Oklahoma City will be his fourth team in four seasons.
Last season with Portland, Thabeet only played in 15 games, averaging 1.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. A defensive standout in college, Thabeet is averaging below 1.0 blocks per game in his career.
The Thunder will now have two of the top three picks from the 2009 draft on their roster. After Memphis selected Thabeet, Oklahoma City selected James Harden with the No. 3 pick.