Iranian center Hamed Ehadadi would like to play for the Memphis Grizzlies—or any other team willing to offer him a contract. However, the political tensions between the U.S. and Iran could stand in the way of the 7-foot-2 basketball player ever slipping on an NBA uniform.
The league office told every team that they are prohibited from discussing a possible contract with Ehadadi, unless the American government gives the NBA a license that will allow teams to contact Iran’s best player.
The reason the U.S. enforces this rule is because the government doesn’t want to play any role in possibly funding Iran’s nuclear program through trade. Aside from possible taxes Ehadadi might pay Iran, he will not do anything to hurt the U.S.
WRITER'S NOTE: 8/21/08 - 12:41 PM EST: The NBA has just received a license from the U.S. Foreign Assets Control that Hamed Ehadadi can play in the league according to Yahoo! Sports. It appears that the Memphis Grizzlies will sign the Iranian center by Saturday.
The NBA and U.S. government should be commended for working together to make this happen. No matter how much he will probably sit on the bench, he is a great story and a terrific example in how sports is something everyone can come together on regardless of political views.
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