Following the selection of center Alex Len with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft, the Suns on Saturday waived backup center Hamed Haddadi.
Haddadi, a fifth-year pro who was the first Iranian to play in the NBA, was acquired in February along with a second-round draft pick from the Raptors for Sebastian Telfair. The 28-year-old appeared in 17 games for the Suns, averaging 4.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 13.8 minutes per game.
The move saves the Suns $1.2 million in salary.
While Haddadi won’t be back, shooting guard Shannon Brown apparently will. The Suns declined to release him Saturday, meaning his entire 2013-14 salary of $3.5 million is guaranteed. The team had until 36 hours after the completion of the draft to waive him and, in the process, cut their payment to him in half.