The Atlanta Hawks have one available roster spot as training camp opens, and the team seems intent on evaluating a wide range of players. With that in mind, the team is reportedly close to adding 25-year-old forward Arsalan Kazemi to the training camp roster.
The news was originally reported by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, with the wrinkle that the Philadelphia 76ers actually allowed Kazemi to walk away to pursue the opportunity in Atlanta:
The #Sixers released their rights to Arsalan Kazemi so he can try out for the Atlanta Hawks in training camp.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) September 28, 2015
Later, Chris Vivlamore of the AJC confirmed the initial rumblings, though he noted that the Hawks were simply working on a deal that wasn't completed to this point.
Hawks are working on a deal to sign Arsalan Kazemi to training camp deal. Was property of 76ers. Story to come.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) September 29, 2015
Kazemi, who stands at 6-foot-7, was the first Iranian player drafted in the NBA when the Wizards made him the 54th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but he would certainly appear to be a long shot to make the Hawks roster if he lands in camp. Still, this would be yet another body in training camp -- joining Lamar Patterson, Terran Petteway and others -- and Mike Budenholzer will have plenty of players to foster competition for the 15th and final roster spot.
The Hawks have confirmed the signing of Kazemi and he is with the team in Athens for the first day of training camp.