Rockets assign C Thabeet to D-League (AP)

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    HOUSTON (AP)—The Houston Rockets have assigned center Hasheem Thabeet(notes) to
    their developmental league affiliate in Rio Grande Valley.

    The 7-foot-3 Thabeet has played in only two games since the Rockets acquired
    him from Memphis in the deadline deal that sent Shane Battier(notes) to the Grizzlies.
    Thabeet averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 45 games with Memphis this
    season.

    Thabeet is the third Rockets player to be assigned to the Vipers this
    season. He averaged 13.8 points, 11.2 boards and 3.17 blocks in six games with
    the D-League Dakota Wizards in 2009-10.

    The former Connecticut star was the second overall pick in the 2009 draft.
    In 2009-10, he ranked second among rookies in blocks per game (1.31).

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