The Oklahoma City Thunder traded center Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers on Aug. 26 for a $1.25 million trade exception and a 2015 second-round draft pick.
The Oklahoma City Thunder traded center Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers on Aug. 26.
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In exchange, the Thunder received a $1.25 million trade exception and a 2015 second-round draft pick, per OKCNews.com's Anthony Slater:
"The lightly productive but always entertaining Hasheem Thabeet era in Oklahoma City has come to an end.
"On Tuesday afternoon, the Thunder traded its third-string center to Philadelphia for a $1.25 million trade exception. OKC also received a 2015 second-round pick in the deal, but it is heavily protected -- a phantom pick -- and will likely never make its way into OKC's hands.
"With Steven Adams' emergence last season and the first-round selection of Mitch McGary in this past June's draft, Thabeet became expendable. Behind Adams and incumbent starter Kendrik Perkins, Scott Brooks has become increasingly more comfortable going small, meaning Nick Collison, McGary and even Serge Ibaka can play center at times.
"So it was a numbers game for Thabeet, with his departure opening up a roster spot and a bit more financial flexibility heading into the season. Thabeet was due $1.25 million next season, a contract that would have been guaranteed on Sept. 1. OKC is now around $2.9 million under the luxury tax, with its roster at 14.
"In his two seasons in OKC, Thabeet became a fan favorite. The tallest player in the NBA always had a smile on his face, joking with the crowd and leading celebratory dances on the bench. But the problem was, he had a tough time getting off the bench.
"Thabeet appeared in 66 games back in the 2012-13 season, averaging 11.7 minutes and 2.4 points. But last season, he was limited to only 8.3 minutes per night in 23 games, often logging a DNP, coaches decision."
In other team news, the Thunder's official website issued a press release on Aug. 22 saying Oklahoma City tapped Mark Daigneault to be its D-League head coach:
"The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of (their) D-League team, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"'Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well-aligned with the goals of our organization,' said Presti. 'His experience at Florida under Coach (Billy) Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.'
"Daigneault joins the Thunder organization after spending the past four years working under Billy Donovan at the University of Florida where he most recently held the position of Assistant to the Head Coach. Last season, the program became the first SEC team to go 18-0 in conference play, and during Daigneault's four years at Florida, the program posted a 120-30 record (.800) while advancing to the Elite Eight each season.
"'Mark has been a valuable meember of our staff the past four seasons, and I'm very happy to see him get this opportunity with a great organization,' said University of Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan. 'We wish him all he best of luck and know he'll do a tremendous job.'
"Prior to arriving at Florida, the Leominster, Mass. native spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Holy Cross.
"'I have had a great deal of respect for the Thunder organization throughout my career, and I'm excited to immerse myself in the culture there, and focus on the continued development of the program,' said Daigneault. 'The University of Florida, Coach Donovan, the Florida basketball staff and players that I had the privilege of working with contributed to my personal and professional growth, and for that I am grateful as I embark on this opportunity with the Thunder organization.'"
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