Grizzlies’ press release:
The Memphis Grizzlies re-signed center Hamed Haddadi, Grizzlies General Manger and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The first Iranian ever to play in the NBA, Haddadi (7-2, 265) averaged 2.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and a career-high 0.74 blocks in 5.9 minutes in 35 games for Memphis last season. The 27-year-old also set a personal best by shooting .542 from the field.
Haddadi made four appearances for the Grizzlies during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, recording totals of five points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes.
A native of Ahvaz, Iran, Haddadi owns NBA career averages of 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 6.1 minutes in 121 games in four seasons, all with the Grizzlies.
Re-signing Haddadi gives Memphis its 5th big man, joining Marc Gasol as the other 7-footer on the roster. Haddadi is well-known to fans, who accept his limitations and appreciate what he brings to the table in the limited minutes he usually sees. A solid rebounder and shot-blocker, Haddadi understands his role and rarely tries to do anything outside his skillset. That makes him valuable to a team like the Grizzlies that simply need him to be ready when called upon.