Following the previous reports that Arsalan Kazem could play in the Las Vegas Summer League, reports are now coming out that he has joined the team in Orlando.
Arsalan Kazemi has joined Sixers in Orlando. Averaged 10 points and 10 rbs in Iran Super League #SixersTalk— Dei Lynam (@dlynamCSN) July 7, 2014
Arslan Kazemi, a fan favorite among Sixers fans, is now with team in Orlando. No word yet if he'll be playing down here or not— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) July 7, 2014
There is the possibility that he is just down with Lloyd Pierce and the team in Orlando to get workouts in to prepare for the Vegas league, and the (seeming) confirmation that he will be in Vegas is good news in itself.
However, with the team already diverging from their original plans by placing K.J. McDaniels on the Orlando squad, the possibility that Kazemi could play in both Orlando and Vegas is a potentially exiting development.
Kazemi was the 54th pick in last years NBA draft out of Oregon after averaging 9.4 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game during his senior season. He averaged 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game at last years Orlando Summer League, then went over to Iran and averaged 13.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game for Petrochimi in the Iranian Basketball Super League.
The Sixers next play the Houston Rockets tomorrow night at 7 PM, which will be televised on TCN in the Philadelphia region and on NBA TV elsewhere. It will be the last game TCN is scheduled to carry during the Orlando league. It has been reported that Nerlens Noel, who sat out the Sixers previous game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, will play against the Rockets.
*Update: 11:20 am*
The Sixers have confirmed that they have added Kazemi to their Orlando Summer League. He will remain with the team through the finale on Friday, then travel to China to represent Iran in the FIBA Asia Cup.