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Hasheem Thabeet (Joe Murphy/National Basketball/Getty Images)

Hasheem Thabeet (Joe Murphy/National Basketball/Getty Images)

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By JEFF LATZKE,  AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Hasheem Thabeet is getting another chance to prove himself, this time with the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder.

Thabeet’s agent, Bill Duffy, confirmed Thursday that the 7-foot-3 center has agreed to a two-year guaranteed contract with
the Thunder. The deal was first reported by The Oklahoman.  NBA teams aren’t allowed to announce new signings until next
Wednesday.

Thabeet was the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft by Memphis but has averaged only 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in limited playing time over the last three seasons with the Grizzlies, Houston and Portland.

With Nazr Mohammed becoming a free agent, Oklahoma City was seeking another center to back up Kendrick Perkins. Thabeet can compete with Cole Aldrich for that job.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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