Thabeet has been optioned to the Dakota Wizards, said Bill Duffy, Thabeet’s agent. He will be the highest draft pick ever to go to the D-League.
Thabeet has played sparingly in his rookie season, averaging 2.5 points in 10.3 minutes over 50 games. He recently lost his place in the Grizzlies’ rotation to second-year center Hamed Haddadi(notes).
Thabeet is expected to make his D-League debut on Friday when Dakota plays Erie.
Duffy supported the decision. The Dakota Wizards are the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate.
“I think he needs to play,” Duffy said.