Italy’s Niccolo Mannion drives past past France’s Guerschon Yabusele through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
It’s been a hot minute since he plied his trade on the hardwood within the Bay Area, but it surely’s value noting that Nico Mannion continues to be kinda-sorta on the Golden State Warriors‘ ledger. That’s, he’s technically the Dubs’ restricted free agent, so far as the NBA is anxious.
In fact, the previous Arizona standout hasn’t suited up for Steve Kerr’s crew since May of 2021. As an alternative of returning to Golden State on one other two-way deal and riding the pine or fighting for a gentle spot, he opted to spend the 2021-22 campaign overseas with Virtus Bologna.
Mannion’s plan was to play heavy minutes for the Italian club, developing his game and increasing his NBA stock in the method. Unfortunately, some things beyond his control ended up making last season an unmitigated disaster for the 21-year-old.
Regardless, one high-ranking exec believes that Mannion could eventually find his way back to the US. Whether which means it could occur soon or as a member of the Warriors could be one other matter, though.
East GM: Mannion Will Get One other Shot
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Mannion definitely had his moments splitting time between the Warriors and the Sea Dubs through the 2020-21 campaign. Nevertheless, a severe intestinal infection (which required hospitalization), a bout with Covid and injuries largely precluded him from showing out in Serie A.
In the long run, he averaged just 5.3 points, 2.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per contest across all competitions. Nevertheless, an Eastern Conference GM insisted to Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that Mannion stays on the NBA radar, whilst the Warriors door appears to be closing.
“He looked higher playing in Italy than his numbers showed. There have been some good reports on him. He’ll get one other probability within the league but it surely will not be going to be with Golden State, or it’s unlikely that happens soon,” the GM said.
“They just like the [Ryan Rollins] kid they got within the second round they usually’re going to provide [Mac] McClung a shot to make the team. They’re loaded within the backcourt.”
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Where Could He Go?
During his lone 12 months with the Dubs and in stints with the Italian national team, the 6-foot-2 floor general has shown a creative flair offensively. Alas, his shortcomings on the opposite end of the court may very well be working against him.
“Mannion, he struggles defensively, and it’s hard to get minutes in Europe that way,” said the GM.
Still, the league decision-maker sees the potential for opportunities with other NBA clubs in the longer term, specifically those which can be in earlier stages of progression than the title-contending Warriors.
“In the event you’re a rebuilding team within the NBA though, he’s value a glance. In the event you’re Houston or Indiana or Utah, he makes some sense to not less than keep track of, perhaps bring him in through the season.”
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