For weeks it appeared that the New York Knicks were close to a deal with unrestricted free agent big man Hamed Haddadi.
However while the Knicks are still expected to add some more size by the time training camp starts, all signs now point to that final contract not going to Haddadi.
According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, the Knicks no longer have interest in Haddadi.
Things can always change, but the current vibe out of the #Knicks is that they do NOT have interest in signing FA center Hamed Haddadi.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 3, 2013
That’s a shame as the thought of signing the Iranian big man has grown on me over the course of the past couple of weeks.
The Knicks need a guy that can come off the bench to play defense and rebound in certain situations to give Tyson Chandler a break and it looked as if Haddadi could fit that description rather nicely.
Haddadi’s 7’2″ frame and his ability in the paint were intriguing, as was his play in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship where he took home MVP honors.
However with Haddadi apparently out of the picture and the pickings looking rather slim right now, there is a chance that the Knicks could turn their attention back to Earl Barron.
Barron has made it known that he would like to return to New York and the Knicks have confirmed their interest throughout the summer.
However they may have competition as the Pacers, Pelicans and Sixers have all shown interest in Barron during the past week.
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