The Suns have waived center Hamed Haddadi, tweets Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Haddadi's deal, which had been scheduled to pay him nearly $1.4MM in 2013/14, was only guaranteed for $200K as long as he was waived by today, as Coro points out.
It's certainly no surprise that the Suns want to save nearly $1.2MM with the move, even though the 28-year-old averaged more playing time in his 17-game stint with the Suns this past season than in any other year of his career. He notched 4.1 points and an eye-catching 5.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game for Phoenix after coming over from the Raptors at the deadline. Haddadi never made an appearance for Toronto in the few weeks he spent with the team, which acquired him from the Grizzlies in January as part of the Rudy Gay trade.
Without Haddadi, the Suns still appear well-stocked at the center position, with Marcin Gortat and No. 5 overall pick Alex Len. The team also faces a decision about whether to fully guarantee Shannon Brown's $3.5MM deal, which is only 50% guaranteed if the team cuts him loose today.