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Yao Ming is out, and Hasheem Thabeet is heading to Houston. On Thursday, the Memphis Grizzles dealt 24-year-old center Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll and a lottery-protected pick to the Houston Rockets for a now 32-year-old Shane Battier, and Ish Smith.Only two years removed from selecting Thabeet with second overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Grizzlies have given up on him. In a rare case of seller's remorse, owner Michael Heisley opens up to Chris Tomasson of FanHouse: "I don't know whether it's a mistake (having drafted Thabeet),' Heisley said. "I look at (giving up Thabeet) with great concern. ... I think Houston needs a good center and I think that Thabeet could come back to haunt us. ... Absolutely, it's hard for us (to trade Thabeet). It's extremely hard. ... If he develops, he's going to be a big factor in this league and we might be eating our words.' Heisley continues that the reasons for the trade were apparently twofold. In the immidiate, Battier adds stability and experience for a potential playoff run, while in the long haul, the Grizzlies didn't see Thabeet usurping 26-year-old center Marc Gasol for playing time. Regardless, it seems awful soon to abandon a project everyone knew would take work going in. More Heisley: "When we drafted (Thabeet), Tony Barone, who's head of our player personnel thing, said, 'If you draft him, then you've got to play him. He needs to get minutes to develop.' ... We basically never really could find the time for him to get him in the lineup to really develop him as much.' That's a logical assessment, but it also begs the question, why draft Thabeet at all? In doing so, the Grizzlies knew what they were getting into, and chose to get into it in lieu of, say, someone like Stephen Curry…who would seem a pretty good fit in the Grizzly lineup. As for the Rockets, well, I assume they know what they're getting into as well. Thabeet is still incredibly raw, but he's 7-3, can block shots, and he has never gotten a true chance to develop. With Yao Ming now unlikely to return to Houston, they, if anybody, can afford to give him the opportunity. (Check out James Schmidt's pre-deadline slideshow on moves the Rockets should have made.)

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Memphis has its way with Kings in the paint

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Martin scores 30, helps power Rockets past Nets

Kevin Martin scored 30 points, Chase Budinger added 27 and Houston beat Deron Williams and the New ...

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Martin leads Rockets in rout of Nets: NBA Roundup

Kevin Martin scored 30 points, Chase Budinger added 27 and Houston beat Deron Williams and the New ...

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Kevin Martin, Houston Rockets Soar Past Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets

Who needs Yao Ming when you have Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger and Luis Scola? Martin scored 30 points in the Houston ...

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NBA: Why Timberwolves Fans Should Be Upset Today

Dear Timberwolves Diehards, I know that yesterday's activity got many folks excited about O.J. Mayo, Aaron Brooks, Hasheem Thabeet|Hasheem ...

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