Hawks Close To Signing Arsalan Kazemi

8:45pm: The Hawks are negotiating with Kazemi on a training camp deal, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (Twitter links). The deal is likely to be finalized Tuesday, giving the Hawks 20 players on their camp roster.

4:40pm: Philly let go of Kazemi’s rights so he can try out for the Hawks in training camp, Pompey says in another tweet, so it appears that audition is still to come. The Hawks have one open space on their roster if they decide to add Kazemi.

4:30pm: The Sixers have forfeited their draft rights to Iranian power forward Arsalan Kazemi so that the 54th pick from the 2013 draft can audition for the Hawks, tweets Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirier. The team made its required tender by the September 10th deadline to do so, which allowed the team to retain his rights, but it appears as though Philadelphia has backtracked on that. It’s unclear whether Kazemi has already tried out for the Hawks or if that audition is still to come. Atlanta is one shy of the preseason roster maximum.

Philly originally wound up with the rights to Kazemi the same night that the Wizards drafted him, sending the rights to Glen Rice Jr. to Washington in return. The Sixers also received the rights to Nate Wolters in the deal, flipping them soon after to the Bucks. Kazemi, who played collegiately at Rice and Oregon, has appeared in summer league for the Sixers each of the past three years, but he’s otherwise remained out of the NBA. Last year he averaged 15.0 points in 38.9 minutes per game for ChongQing AoLong of China.

The Sixers have a full preseason roster of their own, with 20 players, so the team had no room for Kazemi. He could have signed the tender, but Philadelphia would have had the right to simply waive him if he did that.

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3 thoughts on “Hawks Close To Signing Arsalan Kazemi

  1. Shawn

    They are not letting him tryout. They had to offer him a contract or lose his rights. They didn’t offer it so they lost his rights. They had no control over what he does afterwards! Lol

  2. Shawn

    Philly tried their best to keep his rights without giving him a contract so he wanted out. The Hawks were suitors since last week and had a roster spot open for when he was released. They don’t have to release anyone and he is not auditioning. He is in! End of story.

    • Chuck Myron

      You’re right about the roster spot; I forgot to count Jason Richardson’s release, which was just reported overnight. I’ve amended the story to reflect that. Thanks!


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