Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 10:45 am  |  10 responses

Grizzlies Pull $2 Million Contract Offer for Hamed Haddidi Off the Table

Hamed Haddadi continues to catch bad breaks, as he struggles to obtain a work visa to return to the USA, where he’ll need to find another NBA job since the one he had in Memphis has vanished. Reports the Commercial Appeal: “Backup center Hamed Haddadi is still trying to obtain a work visa, and he’s also looking for an NBA contract. 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. While clearly a fan favorite, Haddadi has never been a rotation player in his three seasons with the Grizzlies. He appeared in 86 games during that time, averaging 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds. Haddadi would remain the team’s third option at center if he returned. 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.”

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  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    it must be nice not to be a rotation player, play 1 third of the games and still get 1.5 a year.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    He was a fan favourite? And I thought the Grizz needed another big after Arthur went down?

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  • C Da Tyrant

    @ niq I live in south Memphis he’s not a fan favorite and we do need a solid backup for the 4 position

  • dahon

    all i can think when i see his name is ……Karbalaeinematmoeeney….Karbalaeinematmoeeney

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    This is the dude with the girl with the mile-long surname isn’t it? LOL

  • burnt_chicken

    I wonder if Casspri has similiar visa issues. Or any European. Is this a common problem for foreign players?

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    burnt_chicken: Most likely it has to do with the fact that he’s from Iran. Our countries aren’t exactly on speaking terms.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Goolnaz Asal Karbalaeinematmoeeney is gonna be pissed.

  • http://slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @burnt chicken isreal and iran have VERY different relations to the US