"We are pleased to sign Hamed," said Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations, Chris Wallace, on Thursday.
"He is a young center who was very productive as a rebounder, shotblocker and scorer at the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2008 Olympics and the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in Nanjing, China prior to the Olympics. Our coaching staff is eager to begin working with Hamed," he added.
The 23-year-old Iranian national averaged 16.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks playing five games for the Iranian national team in Beijing.
The 2.18 m Haddadi spent the 2007-08 season playing for Saba Battery BC in the Iranian Super League.
Grizzlies sign Iranian center Hamed Haddadi
23-year-old led all 2008 Olympic players in rebounding and blocks.
Memphis, August 28, 2008 (NBA.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies signed free-agent center Hamed Haddadi pronounced (ha-MED ha-DAHD-dee), who led all 2008 Olympians in rebounding and blocks, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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