Jan. 28, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi reacts against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Grizzlies 86-84. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks Meeting With Hamed Haddadi

The New York Knicks are still in search of adding another player before training camp, most likely a big man.

That search could end rather quickly though as there have bee reports that the Knicks have had meetings with unrestricted free agent Hamed Haddadi.

April 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Phoenix Suns center Hamed Haddadi (98) dunks the ball during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 118-98. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have been linked to Haddadi for several weeks now and it looks as if the two sides could be close on an agreement. The Knicks met with the Iranian center on Friday, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Haddadi could provide the Knicks with some needed frontcourt depth and would come at the league minimum, which is all the Knicks can offer any player at this point.

He finished last season strong after coming over from the Toronto Raptors at the deadline as he averaged 4.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game for the Phoenix Suns.  The big man had a partially-guaranteed deal with the Suns for this season but Phoenix opted to cut him loose for $200K this summer rather than pay him $1.4 million for the season.

Haddadi boasts career averages of only 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in only seven minutes per contest. His per 36 minutes numbers are a bit more respectable at 11.6 points and 12.6 rebounds.

However I’m not too thrilled about the idea, especially with a guy like Earl Barron and a few other options still on the market.

Although Haddadi can impact the game around the rim, as his per 36 numbers would indicate, he struggles big time to get up and down the floor, which should be a major concern.

Then there is the fact that defensively he can only impact the game in a short zone around the basket area, which means he can’t be asked to defend mobile bigs, or three-point shooters, or pick-and-rolls, or teams that runs, etc. He can give you about five minutes of time if he is used in the right situation, but that is about it.

The nicks need another big to help take some pressure of Tyson Chandler and potentially limit his minutes at certain points of the season.

Unfortunately that guy is not Haddadi.

Whoever the Knicks sign doesn’t have to play a lot, but it would be nice if they were useful when they did.

I simply just don’t see potentially signing Haddadi as a good fit.


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  • bkpointguard

    I think he would be a good fit just for his height and weight. He won’t easily be pushed around by opposing centers like, Hibbert, Howard, Lopez. We need a stable defender. He can share minutes with Kenyon on match up situations. Martin can’t really guard Hibbert. Come the playoffs Chandler will need help guarding the big centers of the league. Now there is Greg Oden to contend with in Miami as well.

  • bkpointguard

    Earl Barron is good too but not sure if he is a better option than Haddadi. Haddadi brings a post up game that neither Chandler or Barron have in their skill sets. We need someone that we can dump the ball to on the inside that has a little weight. I think our coach can get the most out of Haddadi like he do all of his other players. He’s gone but look at Smith, Copeland, Prigioni, Shumpert and Anthony.

  • bkpointguard

    For a win now situation I think Haddadi is a good option. If we look at building the future I think the 7’2 Ovidijus Gladikas would be the best option with the biggest upside. He might even be very valuable for this year because he is very athletic in getting up and down the floor. The question is, can he guard the top tier centers right now. Can he hold his own??

  • Sam

    “He can’t defend mobile bigs?!” :)

  • Sam

    Are you sure?

  • Sam

    Saying “Haddadi has career averages of 2.2points & 2.5Rebounds” is very misleading, it’s like saying Gitmo prisoners are too skinny! because those are his Hollins’ average not his career average, in Phoenix, under still-low 13.8 minutes it was 4.1ppg & 5.1 Rpg and his true basketball career average, as a starter-center, is around 17-points/10Rebs. In his final game of season vs. Denver he made 14points/7Rebounds/2blocks in 19:55 minutes. In FIBA final he made 29points/16 rebounds, reduce that accordingly and you’ll get the same 17 points/10rebounds as a main center.

    • Matt Shetler

      That’s why I included his Per 36 minute averages

      • Sam

        Per-36 is more descriptive of reality but still it doesn’t take into account how it takes 4-5 minutes just to warmup the body after sitting for 15-20 minutes and he was always out (in Memphis) by the time he warmed up. So even the per-36 is representative of cold off/on short playtimes not a starter, warm body normal plays like Gasol used to get and those Hamed got in FIBA.

        • Matt Shetler

          I agree on the Per 36′s and his Per 36′s don’t look bad at all so maybe given more min they look even better. You are actually starting to sell me on him. lol. Not a fan but I will give you you’re due.

          • Sam

            I’ve watched over 200-300 of his games and just his size alone is sufficient to get 12points/8 rebounds with a regular 25 minute playtime. His improved shooting (Under Ralph Sampson coaching) is a bonus. If he is a starter and guards or forwards pass to him he is capable of 25point/15Rebounds plus 10 fouls on the other team. We’ll see what happens, they say Nicks people are thinking between him and Barron. If they had asked me I could’ve told them Barron is 7′/250, a lighter, better jumper but Hamed is 7’2″/265, much longer, taller, stronger, better blocker and rebounder, also a good passer. When it comes to that life or death, last second rebound every inch counts.