Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 12/28/11
Memphis had a Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace confirmed Thursday withdrew its 2 million qualifying offer from backup center Hamed Haddadi, a 7-footer who hails from Iran. Haddadi, 26, is now an unrestricted free agent, and can sign with any NBA team without the Grizzlies having a right to match offers. In three seasons with the Grizzlies, Haddadi appeared in 86 games during that time, averaging 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds. The Grizzlies are now 0-11 in season openers since moving to Memphis, and have 19 of the last 25 regular season games to Spurs, the team the Grizzlies eliminated in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. The basic reason for Monday's 13-point loss to the Spurs -- 24 Grizzlies' turnovers leading to 28 Spurs' points. Six Grizzlies had three or more turnovers. PLAYER NOTES Rookie G Jeremy Pargo rallied the Grizzlies back in the last 3-12 minutes of the third quarter after the Spurs exploded for a 19-point lead (scoring 16 straight at one point) after trailing by a point at the half. "Playing in Europe, I learned to slow down, be myself and it's really helped," said Pargo, who had five points, three assists, two rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in his NBA debut. The Grizzlies signed Pargo to a two-year, 2 million contract. In his first regular season game since before last February's All-Star break, F Rudy Gay showed no ill effects after months of rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. After having four double-doubles all of last year, Gay had a double-double in his season opener, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. "I'm hungrier than ever," Gay said. "I'm just trying to be athletic." Grizzlies F Zach Randolph was proud of the off-season training he did with new University of Memphis strength coach Frank Matrisciano, who earned the nickname "Hell's Trainer" as a San Francisco-based personal trainer who trained Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin before Griffin was selected No. 1 overall in the 2009 NBA draft. But Randolph looked a bit frustrated and somewhat lethargic in the opener, not getting enough touches in the post early in the game and declining some mid-range jumpers later in the game. He had to hustle in the final quarter to finish with 10 points and six rebounds. MEDICAL WATCH G Xavier Henry (second-degree right ankle sprain) will miss two more weeks. QUOTE TO NOTE "We got to the playoffs and won a series last year. But we just have to start out and learn how to be a good team again. We've got to learn how to defend, we have to learn how to share the ball. We have to do everything better than last year." -- Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.
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