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Hollinger: Hasheem Thabeet Could Be Good Value Free Agent

John Hollinger of ESPN.com writes that Portland Trail Blazers reserve center Hasheem Thabeet could be a good value add during this summer's free agency period. ------------------------------- OK, let me end this with the most far-out suggestion of all: I still think Thabeet can be a productive NBA big man, and he'll probably be available on a minimum contract this summer. Clearly, picking him second overall three years ago was a bit overenthusiastic, and whatever team gets him will have to nurture some shaken confidence. But he has an overwhelming NBA skill with a career average of 3.3 blocks per 40 minutes, he finishes shots around the basket, and he can make a 10-footer. When you tick off those skills it doesn't sound too dissimilar from Brandan Wright, actually -- another long, slender big man who was pounded by big centers but found a niche playing in zones. Thabeet's value will be in those alignments as well, and at 7-3 he'll be an imposing figure if he can stay close to the basket. ------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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