What are the prospects for the Golden State Warriors restricted free agent? Nico Mannion, a point guard who played for Arizona, was selected by Golden State in the second round of the 2020 NBA draft and signed for Virtus Bologna last year through 2023. A BasketNews rumor told that Mannion was very close to signing an extension with the VuNere, until 2025, but a source familiar with the situation revealed to Heavy Sports that this is not the case.
NBA executives have been keeping an eye on Mannion and there is a strong possibility that he could return to the league next year, if not during the season, next summer.
“He has done better in Italy than his numbers say. We have received good reports on him. He will get another chance in the NBA, but it won’t be with Golden State, or it’s unlikely to happen soon. If you are a rebuilding team, he is worth keeping an eye on. If you’re a Houston or an Indiana or a Utah, it makes sense to at least keep track of him, maybe bring him into the NBA this season.”
We’ll see if that really happens, if he really comes back to the NBA, and when, most importantly. Of course, Virtus Bologna is well covered on the outside with Daniel Hackett, Milos Teodosic, Alessandro Pajola, and Marco Belinelli, in addition to the various Michele Ruzzier and Marco Ceron, and might even think of losing him during the year. However, he is still an Italian player, very young, and who is not easily replaceable.