Italian star Alessandro Gentile, one of the Euroleague’s top wing players, is determined to sign an NBA deal this summer, preferably with coach Mike D’Antoni and the Houston Rockets. The Rockets own the draft rights to Gentile, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player who was the No. 53 overall pick by Minnesota in 2014.
“My goal is to play in the NBA next year,” Gentile told The Vertical. “I really hope this can happen. For me, Mike D’Antoni is like a legend in Italian basketball, an example for everyone. For him to coach me would be very, very nice.”
Gentile wants to play for the Rockets, but will obviously be open to Houston trading his rights elsewhere if the franchise becomes hesitant – or financially unwilling – to make a market deal with him. “My dream is that I want to play in Houston with Mike D’Antoni,” Gentile told The Vertical. “If that’s not possible, my goal is to still play in the NBA next year.”