HoopsHype Hamed Haddadi rumors

May 18, 2012 Updates
January 19, 2012 Updates

Reserve center Hamed Haddadi's long and drawn-out immigration process appears to be near its conclusion. Haddadi was not with the Grizzlies and instead traveled to Canada to pick up a work visa that has now been approved. Haddadi likely will be in uniform by the weekend or early next week. But don't expect to see the 7-footer appear in a game anytime soon. "He's got to get in shape and learn what we're doing," Hollins said. "He's weeks away from playing." Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 2, 2012 Updates

Reserve center Hamed Haddadi did not travel with the team after signing a one-year contract last Saturday. Haddadi still needs to obtain a work visa, so he worked on strength and conditioning instead. The Griz hope to have Haddadi's immigration issue resolved by the end of the week. Memphis still would like to add another player capable of playing power forward and center because Hollins isn't counting on Haddadi as Marc Gasol's primary backup. Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 1, 2012 Updates
December 31, 2011 Updates

The Griz are on the verge of re-signing backup center Hamed Haddadi, general manager Chris Wallace confirmed. Haddadi, an unrestricted free agent, attended the game after arriving in Memphis from Dubai earlier in the day. The Griz are expected to sign Haddadi to a one-year deal. Memphis Commercial Appeal

December 30, 2011 Updates

Releasing Skinner is likely a precursor to the Griz bringing back reserve center Hamed Haddadi. A source with knowledge of the situation told The Commercial Appeal that Haddadi is scheduled to arrive in Memphis with a tourism visa today or tomorrow. The 7-foot Iranian has been in Dubai trying to obtain a work visa. But that already tedious effort stalled when the Griz withdrew their $2 million qualifying offer from Haddadi. Memphis Commercial Appeal

So here's the strategy: Haddadi returns to Memphis and signs a one-year deal that will pay him between $1 and $1.5 million this season. Once employed, the hope is that Haddadi will be granted a work visa by traveling to Canada for an interview with the U.S. Embassy a la the Marc Gasol experience. Memphis Commercial Appeal

December 23, 2011 Updates

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace confirmed Thursday that the team withdrew its $2 million qualifying offer from Haddadi, a 7-footer who hails from Iran. The move makes Haddadi, 26, an unrestricted free agent. He can sign with any NBA team without the Griz having a right to match offers. The Grizzlies' decision was primarily based on finances as they are trying to remain comfortably below the league's $70 million luxury tax. It is possible that the Griz and Haddadi will negotiate a multi-year deal, paying between $1 and $1.5 million per season. Memphis Commercial Appeal

However, Haddadi's biggest obstacle isn't earning playing time. It's making his way back to the U.S. from Iran. He is in Dubai trying to finalize the immigration process, meaning Haddadi has missed every Griz practice since training camp began Dec. 9. Memphis Commercial Appeal

December 22, 2011 Updates

The Grizzlies withdrew a $2 million qualifying offer to reserve center Hamed Haddadi, general manager Chris Wallace confirmed today. Haddadi, a 7-footer who hails from Iran, is now an unrestricted free agent. He can sign with any NBA team without the Grizzlies having a right to match offers. The Grizzlies’ decision was for salary cap reasons as the team tries to avoid becoming a luxury-tax payer in the NBA this season. It is believed that Haddadi will still sign with the Grizzlies for less than $2 million. First, Haddadi must make his way to the United States and be granted a work visa. Memphis Commercial Appeal

December 11, 2011 Updates
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November 30, 2011 Updates
November 23, 2011 Updates

Locked-out Grizzly Hamed Haddadi's ex has filed a civil suit against the athlete. The suit comes after Haddadi was charged with assaulting her last thanksgiving. He pled not guilty to the charges. The woman, was also charged in the incident, but had the charges dropped. She's seeking $250,000 in damages. My FOX Memphis

October 19, 2011 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi joined Melli Haffari basketball team on Tuesday. The Ahvaz-based basketball team signed Haddadi on a short-term contract for an undisclosed fee. Tehran Times

October 2, 2011 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi is likely to join Mahram Basketball team, according to the reports released by the Iranian media on Sunday. Haddadi, who failed to inspire Iran to win its third successive championship in Asia in late September, is now negotiating with Mahram. Tehran Times

September 25, 2011 Updates

Iran's players have turned on teammate Hamed Haddadi after some crucial mistakes by the Memphis Grizzlies centre in their shock quarter-final 88-84 loss to Jordan at the Asian Championships. A day after defeat denied Iran a berth at the London Olympics, the two-time reigning regional champs spoke to the media after taking out their frustrations with a 98-66 consolation-round drubbing of Taiwan. "Hamed is good but sometimes not all the big NBA players can play good, he missed some shots and had some bad passes," point guard Mahdi Kamrany said. "We are very disappointed, but that happens, that is basketball. The loss was very bad for my country, we just couldn't make it happen." google.com

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