— The 2012 NBA free agency period has not been lacking in activity, with several big names already changing teams and more likely to follow in coming days.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a two-year contract with 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet as of Wednesday night, first reported by Yahoo Sports. The Thunder's two additions this summer have significantly added to the team's size, with Thabeet joining draft pick Perry Jones III in Oklahoma City.
Thabeet has bounced around in his short NBA career. He was drafted in 2009 as the second-overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, where he averaged 3.1 points per game in 68 games for Memphis. Thabeet played college basketball at Connecticut.
The details of Thabeet's contract have not yet been released.
SInce his rookie season, Thabeet has spent time with the Rockets and the Blazers, and has had several stints in the NBA Developmental League. He has career averages of 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.
Steve Nash joined the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers gave up their first-round picks in 2013 and 2015 and second-round picks in 2013 and 2014 to acquire Nash, who received a three-year deal for approximately $25 million dollars, ESPN.com reported Wednesday night.
With the acquisition of Nash, the Lakers have turned their weakest position last year into a strength for next year by adding the two-time MVP.
Deron Williams decided this week to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets, after strongly considering joining Dirk Nowitzki with the Dallas Mavericks. Williams had a four-year, $75 million offer from the Mavericks, but opted for the five-year, $98 million contract with the Nets. The Nets were the only team that was able to offer Williams the fifth year, under the collective bargaining agreement.
It has been a somewhat disappointing summer for the Mavericks so far, as the team also appears to be losing sixth man Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics, who have reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with Terry.
Brooklyn has had an aggressive couple of days. On top of re-signing Williams, the Nets added former Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson via trade, sending the expiring contracts of Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow and Jordan WIlliams, as well as Deshawn Stevenson, to the Hawks.
The Nets are still reportedly in talks with the Orlando Magic about trading for Dwight Howard.
In pending deals, Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Hornets has been offered a max contract by the Phoenix Suns, and Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers has been offered a max deal by the Portland Trail Blazers. Both are restricted free agents, and their current teams have the right to match any offer to keep the players.