Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair will reportedly be shipped to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Iranian big man Hamed Haddadi and, more importantly, a second-round pick, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard and CBS Sports’ Ken Berger.
The second-round pick is reportedly protected.
Update (5:45 p.m. MST): The trade is official and is the lesser of a second-round pick of the Raptors and the Sacramento Kings in the case that the Toronto selection is not a top-36 pick.
Haddadi, 27, was part of the deal presumably for no other reason than to make the salaries line up. He is making $1.3 million this season and has a team option for next. With Phoenix still with Marcin Gortat and Jermaine O’Neal on the roster 45 minutes before the trade deadline, the 7-foot-2 Haddadi does not appear to have a future with the Suns.
He was traded from Memphis earlier this season in a throw-in to the Rudy Gay deal, but he never reported to Toronto because of visa issues, according to the Toronto Sun.
Josh Smith deal with Suns unlikely
The Suns don’t expect to land Atlanta’s Josh Smith before deadline, “Won’t happen,” I’m told. Milwaukee seen as leader in that clubhouse.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 21, 2013