Suns Acquire Haddadi, Second-Round Pick

New Suns' acquisition Hamed Haddadi is the NBA's first Iranian-born player.
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Posted: Feb. 21, 2013

The Phoenix Suns today acquired center Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 second-round draft pick from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for guard Sebastian Telfair, the team announced. The pick will be the later of the Raptors’ or Sacramento Kings’ second-round selections in 2014, provided that the Raptors pick is not in the top 36.

The 7-2, 265-pound center became the first Iranian-born player in NBA history when he made his debut with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008-09. Haddadi, who played his first four-plus seasons with the Grizzlies (2008-13), was part of the Jan. 30 trade between Memphis and Toronto that sent Rudy Gay to the Raptors.

Haddadi owns career averages of 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 134 career contests, and this season appeared in 13 games for Memphis before the trade. He has not played a game as a member of the Raptors.

Originally signed by the Suns on Dec. 11, 2011, Telfair appeared in 106 games (three starts) for the Suns over the last season-plus. The eight-year pro owns career averages of 7.5 points and 3.5 assists in 535 games (192 starts), and averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 assists in 46 games (two starts) with the Suns this season.