Since my post yesterday regarding the NBA forbidding teams to talk with Hamed Ehadadi and all other Iranian athletes, there has been an update. Today, the NBA reports that the league has been approved for the appropriate license by the US government, and that teams can now officially talk to Ehadadi.
After many scouts saw Ehadadi play in Beijing last week, NBA General Managers became interested in the big Iranian center. The NBA then disallowed all communication between teams and Ehadadi, claiming that the league needed a license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control before teams could negotiate with the Iranian. Today, that license was granted.
The 7-foot-two Ehadadi averaged 16.6 points in five overall matches, good for eighth overall, and was the only non-NBA player in the top-ten in rebounds grabbing 11.2. In fact, the Iranian center led all players in rebounds through the first five games. Ehadadi also led the field in blocks (2.6) and tied Yao Ming with the most double-doubles of the tournament thus far, earning two.
Besides Ehadadi, NBA teams will also attempt to talk Iran’s Mohammadsamad NikKhah Bahrami, the shooting guard that led Iran in scoring with 17.2 ppg, while shooting 50% from the floor.