The Rockets have traded 32-year old small forward Shane Battier and 22-year old rookie point guard Ishmael Smith to the Grizzlies for 24-year old center Hasheem Thabeet, 24-year old power forward DeMarre Carroll and a first round pick. Battier played in 59 games (all starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 30.8 minutes, 8.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Battier played in 348 games (340 starts) in his five years with the Rockets and he averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Courtney Lee and Chase Budinger will likely see increased P.T. the rest of the season with Battier off to Memphis. Ishmael Smith made the Rockets as a undrafted free agent. Smith played in 28 games (3 starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 11.8 minutes, 2.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game on 38.6% shooting from the floor.
7’3″, 263 pound center Hasheem Thabeet was a high first round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He has not played to his ability so far but maybe a change of scenery will be just what the doctor ordered for him to unleash his talent. Thabeet played in 45 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this season and he averaged 8.2 minutes, 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game. He has now played in 113 games (13 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 11.1 minutes, 2.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.1 assists and 0.9 blocked shots per game. DeMarre Carroll played in 7 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this season and he averaged 5.6 minutes, 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He has now played in 78 games (1 start) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 10.7 minutes, 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. Carroll has not been too good of a shooter thus far in his NBA career as he has only hit 39.8% from the floor and 63.6% from the free throw line. I love this deal for the Rockets as Thabeet and a first round pick is a huge haul for a 32-year old player that they can replace from within.