According to Yahoo! Sports, the NBA has sent a letter to all 30 teams informing them they are FORBIDDEN from signing 7′ 2″ center Hamed Ehadadi of Iran. Ehahadadi was reportedly close to signing a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Unfortunately, there is a federal law which prohibits “a person or organization in the United States from engaging in business dealings with Iranian nationals.”
Ehadadi has looked great for the Iranian team in the Olympics. He had 21 points and 16 rebounds against Argentina on Saturday.
PHOTO OF EHADADI IN ACTION
Ehadadi is not to be confused with another Iranian 7-footer named Jaber Rouzbahani. Rouzbanhi is the freakishly large center who applied for the NBA draft and played in the Vegas Summer League four years ago.
Ehadadi is far more skilled than Rouzbahani. However, check out the photo below. Ehadadi is listed at 7’2″ but look how he is DWARFED by Rouzbahani. Rouzbahani is the guy in the green towel. Ehadadi is to his right.
IRANIAN BASKETBALL TEAM