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Sixers Relinquish Rights To Arsalan Kazemi, Who Signs With Atlanta Hawks

Yes, that is Kazemi attempting verticality.
Yes, that is Kazemi attempting verticality.
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers at one point extended the required tender offer to former second round pick Arsalan Kazemi, who instagrammed the resulting contract. In the days since, we've wondered whether or not Kazemi would actually be in camp. When the camp roster was released last night, Kazemi was nowhere to be found, meaning that he had not signed the contract.

The follow-up to that is this news, first reported by Keith Pompey:

Kazemi's rights were released, meaning his tender was revoked. The Sixers had already reached the NBA's roster limit, meaning they couldn't sign Kazemi without releasing another player. The Sixers then decided against signing him and revoked the offer. As Dan Feldman noted, Kazemi used the required tender as leverage to give himself a better opportunity elsewhere in the NBA, not unlike what J.P. Tokoto and Jordan McRae are attempting to do in camp this season.

The Iranian Stallion (h/t to Jon in LA, yelling from the stands in summer league with all his heart) played super-hard in this year's Las Vegas summer league, leading the league in "hustle points" per game, but showed few to zero other NBA skills. Undersized for a four at 6'7" and also unskilled, Kazemi can hustle and flow but needs to find any NBA-level skills to sniff the end of a bench. The end of the Sixers training camp roster is filled with players where "marginal NBA talent" is too hefty a complement, but all have more upside and talent than Kazemi.

Kazemi is already 25-years-old and hasn't played in a high-level international league since leaving Oregon. He might surprise and show a three-point stroke in Atlanta, but more than likely he'll fall short of making the NBA even on the teamiest of teams in Atlanta. Especially since he couldn't even make it to camp in Philadelphia.

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