The 27-year-old former UConn standout will effectively receive a non-guaranteed deal to make Detroit's roster. He receives the invitation less than a week before training camps are scheduled to open throughout the league.
Thabeet, who is listed at 7-foot-3, has been used sparingly in the five years he's been in the NBA, a brief tenure over which he's been on four rosters: the Grizzlies, Rockets, Trail Blazers and Thunder. Last season for the Thunder, he had a total of 27 points and 40 rebounds in 23 regular-season games.
The Pistons have a young, star-studded front court in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, so it's not immediately clear how or if he will be used if Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy decides to move forward with him for a spot on the regularseason roster.
Detroit kicks off its regular season on the road on Oct. 29 vs. the Nuggets.
ESPN sources say Pistons are signing Hasheem Thabeet to non-guaranteed deal to give him a shot to make their team in training camp— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 24, 2014
- Marc Weinreich