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Memphis Grizzlies signs Iranian player Hamed Haddadi for another year


America's premium basketball team the Memphis Grizzlies have re-signed Iranian star Hamed Haddadi. Per team policy and terms of the deal were not disclosed, Grizzlies website reported on Saturday.

Hamed Haddadi

The 26-year-old is the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA. The 7-foot-2 reserve center averaged 2.4 points with 2.2 rebounds in 31 games last season for the Grizzlies.

In three years with the Grizzlies, the 7-foot-2 reserve center only appeared 86 times for the team, averaging 2.2 points.

Haddadi native of Ahvaz led his country to an 8-1 record at the 2011 FIBA Asian Championship, which was held in China in September, averaging 15.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.89 blocks in 26.3 minutes with six double-doubles in nine games during the tournament.

Hamed Haddadi, 1st Iranian NBA Player, Shoots Hoops at Camp Ayandeh!

The Grizzlies announced the deal on Saturday.

Haddadi returned to Memphis and signed a one-year deal that will pay him between $1 million to $1.5 million this season, reports say.

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