New Orleans Pelicans Rumors: Hamed Haddadi on Free Agency Radar

Hamed Haddadi Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans backcourt is much improved as they look ahead to the 2013-2014 NBA Draft. With the additions of Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans this summer and even with Greivis Vasquez no longer being in the picture, this is a young and talented backcourt that could make some noise in the upcoming season.

However, the frontcourt of the Pelicans is a little shallower. They obviously have an enormous talent in Anthony Davis and a quality young player in Ryan Anderson. Outside of those two players and specifically at the center position, though, talent is a bit scarce in the New Orleans frontcourt.

Right now the two centers in New Orleans are rookie Jeff Withey and the strikingly average Greg Stiemsma. However, it seems like the Pelicans might want to run a platoon of average-at-best big men out at the five this season, especially with the latest free agency rumblings regarding the team.

According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, the Pelicans worked out five-year veteran center Hamed Haddadi, who was waived by the Phoenix Suns earlier this summer. There has been no word on any further talks, but the workout seems to indicate at least some level of interest.

Haddadi has played in just 151 games in his career and hasn’t had much of an opportunity. He’s averaged just 2.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in only seven minutes per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor.

There’s no way on God’s green earth that Haddadi is going to be an impact player if he eventually signs with the Pelicans. However, for a team devoid of talent at the center position, Haddadi isn’t a bad option as a third guy in a platoon split. He’s not ideal, but it could also get a lot worse than the big Iranian.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

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  • Guest

    There’s no way on God’s green earth that you make a writer in a real sports magazine!
    The man made 14points/7Rebounds/2blocks in under 20 minutes at his final Phoenix game vs. Denver. He made 29 points/16 Rebounds at FIBA finals, he blocked Howard, blocked Pau Gasol, blocked Brook Lopez, gave hell to Lakers when they were good and he had the top (+/-) stat between all Phoenix players. Just because Hollins abused him for 5 years by benching him don’t think he can’t do anything.
    His Phoenix stats were 4.1points/5.1 Rebounds/1.2Blocks for just 13.8 minutes. Adjust that up to 40 minutes per game, the time Marc-Gasol got & and you’ll get 12points/15Rebounds/3.5Rebounds. And then add a guard to this equation who passes the ball to him in the paint unlike Conley or Dragic! and you’ll reach the same outcome he showed in FIBA, adjusted down by 20% for NBA.
    Naaa, just 6 medals, 4 Gold, but no impact.

    • Cody Williams

      You’re right. He’s a superstar. My bad.

      • Sam

        Naaaa he just tripped over the 8 medals by accident.

      • Buddy

        He may not be a superstar, but give him the minutes to play and see what he can do. He has been consistent. In Olympics he played against some of the world’s best players and had the very good stats.
        This year in FIBA games, he was the MVP and scored some of the highest stats to take Iran into next year’s FIBA world championship games.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      Wow! Adam Morrison scored 30 points one time, and I think he stole the ball from Dwyane Wade at one point. One time in the playoffs, he scored 4 points in 6 and a half minutes, so if you average that over 36 minutes, he scores 22.5 points per game. That’s as good as Kyrie Irving!! If only he didn’t have to sit behind Kobe Bryant for no reason at all…he would’ve been a superstar. He probably could still be now, did you see his numbers in Turkey!?

      • Sam

        Haddadi didn’t make 29 points 1 time :)) he’s been making back to back 35-37 points since 2004. Sure, it’s not NBA but time after time he’s made nice rebound/point/block numbers for the short minutes he’s given.
        This is final month in NBA:
        19:55 minutes…. 14P/7R/2B
        13 minutes……5P/7R/3B
        16 minutes….. 6P/8R
        19 Minutes….. 5P/8R
        19 Minutes….. 13P/8R/2B
        28 Minutes…… 6P/11R/3B
        This is just in 1.5 month March-Apr 2013 Phoenix.
        115 minutes (2 1/2 games) = 49 points/49 Rebounds/10 Blocks
        Multiply this with 100 for games outside NBA great days as a starter.

    • Buddy

      You nailed it. My thoughts exactly. This guy if given the minutes to play will produce and be an impact player. Politics and favoritism caused him to sit on the bench and the time that he got to play was so choppy that he couldn’t get into the rhythm of the game and still produced good results. He was hardly passed to and mostly scored off his rebounds.