Second round draft pick Arsalan Kazemi might be spending time overseas this season, according to a report on Philly.com. This could be another way for the Philadelphia 76ers to save money and keep an eye on Kazemi.
The Sixers would retain Kazemi’s rights if they ever need his services. The move would allow the Sixers to free up some cap space in order to stay under the luxury tax penalty for the upcoming season.
The forward, who was drafted out of Oregon, had a mixed showing during the summer league. He averaged 4.6 rebounds, 4.6 points and 1.4 steals in 5 games.
He showed signs of flashes in 5 games, but this is still a summer league and the competition is closer to the D-League than the NBA. He could sign with a Euroleague team and develop after playing there for a year.
Another option could be the D-League. While, the competition is slightly lower than the Euroleague he can still be called up any time the Sixers need him. The D-League would be more convenient since he would play for their affiliate the 87ers in Newark, DE which is approximately 45 minutes away from Philadelphia.
If Kazemi, the first Iranian-born NBA draft pick, made the cut he could contribute in the post for a team in need of an inside presence. He averaged nearly a double-double, 9.4 points and 10 rebounds, during his senior season with Oregon.
On a side note: Iran is undefeated in the preliminary round of the 2013 FIBA Asian Championships after beating South Korea, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China. Kazemi was not included in this year’s roster since he’s looking to focus on his NBA career rather than risk injury.