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Hamed Haddadi has workout with New Orleans Pelicans

Aug 28, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

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The New York Knicks are looking for a little depth along the front line, but at this point in free agency the pickings get slim. Jeremy Tyler is going to get a look after playing with the Knicks Summer League team and averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. However, the Knicks want a more veteran presence, too.

They worked out former Grizzlies’ reserve and Iranian international Hamed Haddadi, but now he has worked out for the Pelicans too, tweets Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com.

Haddadi has size — he’s a legit 7’2” and weighs north of 260 now. He spent four seasons on the Memphis bench but he was traded to Phoenix as part of the Rudy Gay deal last year. He’s not part of the Suns plans so now he is a free agent. Haddadi struggled to get on the court in Memphis and Phoenix and while he finishes fairly well around the rim and is a solid rebounder, he doesn’t bring a ton of other NBA skills to the table. Other than size.

The Pelicans are going to start Anthony Davis at the five and behind him they already have Greg Stiemsma and rookie Jeff Withey. New Orleans has a roster spot and you can’t have enough depth along the front line, so they are taking a look at Haddadi, but I’m not sure about the need. Also, are they really going to offer more than the minimum (which is all the Knicks could offer)?

The Knicks need another big on the bench as insurance. We told you before Earl Barron got a workout and Zwerling notes he still hopes to get that job. However the Knicks are looking around and may wait into training camp to see who gets cut and may become available.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    The Pellys need to give Jeff Withey a good try out with some decent minutes. Being third on the C depth chart will be hard, but if Haddadi or Barron do get picked up I hope it’s just for bench insurance and they stay nailed to the pine, barring injuries.

  2. tjgrizz - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Hamed was great for the grizz, he is a fan favorite and can play when given a chance. Any team in the league should be happy to have Hamed as the 3rd C off the bench. Not to mention a great nickname: Hamed “Who’s your Dadi”

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Hammed’s pic looks like a mug shot.

  4. midnite2020 - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    why the hell should I care that ladi daddi or whomever the hell he is working out for the pigeons??

    • casualcommenter - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Well, the article headline stated that a specific player – Hamed Haddadi – was working out for a specific team – the Pelicans.

      The reason why articles have titles is to provide clues to readers about the article topic.

      Unfortunately, if you’re illiterate or are mentally incompetent, there’s not much blog writers can do to accommodate your disability.

  5. daddyghi - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    he’s a terrorist!

    • casualcommenter - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      By now, you’ve probably noticed that you’re never described as intelligent by people who know you.

      There’s a reason for that.

  6. midnite2020 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Ok I see someone can’t take a joke probably got beat up in COLLEGE but those of us who actually enjoyed our COLLEGE experience I’ll leave you with a sweet and simple rebuttal HAHAHAHAHA

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