HoopsHype Hamed Haddadi rumors


July 31, 2012 Updates

The belief is that the 7-foot Iranian, who has remained in the United States all summer, will be ready for training camp. Haddadi had elective surgery in June to repair ligament and tendon damage from a non-basketball related injury he suffered in his right hand before originally signing with the Griz five years ago. Haddadi is expected to have the cast removed sometime in August and then begin rehabbing the hand Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Well, now that the dust has barely settled on the Jeremy Pargo deal, freeing up another roster spot, according to a source, the Grizzlies will announce on Thursday that they are signing free agent center Hamed Haddadi to a mult-year contract extension. Straight Outta Vancouver

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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

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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

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