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For those readers who saw that the Tehran Times was reporting that Hamed Haddadi was signing an extension with the Grizzlies we apologize. After doing some serious digging in the Collective Bargaining Agreement we discoved that this simply can not be true.

Haddadi has a year remaining in a three year contract. Teams are not permitted to extend any contract that is not at least four years in duration, except 1st round Rookie Scale Contracts. The teams are not even allowed to enter into negotiations until a playerwho’s contract that is shorter than four years has expired. That means not only have the Grizzlies not begun to negotiate a new contract with Hamed Haddadi, they are not allowed to negotiate a new contract with him until his present contract expires in the summer of 2011.

So the report that Haddadi was about to sign an extension with Grizzlies at this time appears to be in error. That is not to say that the Grizzlies wouldn’t be interested in signing Haddadi after his contract expires next season. The Grizzlies seem surprised and pleased with Haddadi’s play this season and would likely be interested in keeping him on the team for a low price.

However 7-2 centers with his potential can likely make more money in Europe or on a team needing height than the Grizzlies would be interested in paying assuming they keep Marc Gasol and Hasheem Thabeet. It is likely that Haddadi will be seen as too big a luxury after his contract expires.

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