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 appear out on Hamed Haddadi

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.

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

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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  • Sam

    Thank God! Never liked New-York team or their rude fans. After witnessing his initial year in Memphis I have a good idea how he’ll be treated if he joins Knicks. I rather Haddadi plays for a Western team like Denver or Clips or if East then 76ers or Indiana. If Haddadi starts & plays the same time Chandler plays & the guards pass to him he might even outscore Chandler. Too bad he’s yet to find that opportunity.

    • Benjamín Joel Fleet

      He definitely has starting C potential. In his 4 1/2 seasons with the Grizz he quickly became a fan favorite. His only flaw that hurts his minutes in the NBA is his fouling. He can stack the stats really fast, but that usually looks like: 4 pts, 6 rebs, 2 blks, and 4 fouls in 8 minutes. Incredibly productive when he plays, though. The fouling just limits his minutes.

      • Sam

        There are 2 kinds of centers, the actors and opportunistic players, and the blue-collar, selfless hustlers. Hamed is the second kind. It’s near impossible to get 11 rebounds and defend the paint against centers, guards and forwards of short and tall sizes without getting a few whistles.
        Yes he can stand 12 feet back like Marc-Gasol and avoid fouls and even become Defensive player of the year but he’s got 1 stat that I’m proud of and that’s being the number 1 (+/-) in Phoenix. That means while he was on the floor his team got the best result compared to the opponents. In his final Phoenix game vs. Denver he made 14points/7Rebounds/2blocks in 19:55 minutes making 7-11 of his FGs with 1 foul.

    • WayneBo

      Obviously an Iranian fanboy more interested in his ethnocentric position than for the love of basketball or an actual team to follow. Haddadi will be a 7ft bench warmer wherever he goes.

      • Sam

        Like I said neither I nor he has any time for rude, brainless people anymore. I like basketball and I like to see him play and I have 2 teams that I like. No matter what people like you think we know his potential, we’ve seen him do it over and over and it’s no myth. Next time you try making 29points/16Rebounds against Phillipines team.

        • WayneBo

          Quoting bloated stats against Asian players in an obscure international league… yup. Player Fanboy. Face it bub… he has been fodder on multiple teams. If his “potential” hasn’t blossomed by now, it ain’t happening. Being 7′+ and still able to run helps anyone get on an NBA team.

          • Sam

            Arguing with someone like you over facts is like debating an owl. All you can expect back from him is “who who who”.
            The stats are real not “bloated.” If you can Google you can find them. The league is not “Obscure”, the league is international, growing steadily in all major world sports and it’s playing on NBATV at this moment!
            His potential blossomed long ago, he just started his NBA career under the worst possible coach as far as fairness and rotation. He hasn’t played in “multiple teams” he played 95% in 1 team, Memphis, under Hollins, and only 1.5 month(17 games) for Phoenix which he did fine for the time played. The only reason that contracts are not raining on him is because everyone is looking at his Hollins stats not his none-NBA starter career stats or even Phoenix 13.8 minute stats.

  • jtru001

    Good….didnt need him anyway lol

  • Will Dlc

    I cant believe we are even discussing this 7″ waste of space..