Suns, Raptors trade Telfair for Haddadi
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
Sebastian Telfair is on the move again.
The Toronto Raptors have sent center Hamed Haddadi and a protected second round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Telfair, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the trade hasn’t yet been made public.
Telfair is a former New York high school prodigy, drafted 13th overall in 2004 by the Portland Trail Blazers. He has since bounced around the NBA, and the Raptors will be his seventh team. But the 6-0 playmaker showed signs of progress for the Suns, averaging 6.1 points in 15.9 minutes a game for the past two seasons.
Haddadi, the only Iranian to play in the NBA, has shown flashes of potential at the NBA and international levels, but his minutes were limited by the Memphis Grizzlies’ deep frontcourt. He was traded to the Raptors as part of the three-team Rudy Gay trade.
He has played 134 NBA games but averaged only 6.1 minutes a game.