NBA Rumor: Jock Landale Free Agency

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Jock Landale feels he should already be in the NBA. Many talented basketball players would feel the same way, but Landale’s circumstances are more complex. NBA teams had been prepared to sign the Australian big-man to fully guaranteed deals over the past year and a half, but those offers were left untouched. The shambolic nature of the contracts Landale signed in Europe made it practically impossible for him to make the move, forcing those NBA franchises to move on and look elsewhere.

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Jock Landale: “At some time soon, I wanna make that transition because I deserve to. I look at [NBA] rosters and guys who get signed over me because I couldn’t sign with an NBA team, and I’m livid. I’m so p—ed off. It doesn’t sit well with me at all. Some teams have signed guys who have panned out better than maybe I would’ve; I don’t necessarily believe that’s the case, but some of those guys have panned out, so credit to them, whatever. I’ve got ambitions, you know.”

Australian big-man Jock Landale has signed with Melbourne United for the 2020-21 NBL season, sources have told ESPN. Landale’s deal is for one year and will make him the NBL’s highest-paid local player, sources said, with the 25-year-old set to suit up for his hometown team after playing in Europe for the first two seasons of his professional career. The contract has an NBA-out clause for the majority of the front portion of the NBL season, sources said.

Zalgiris big man Jock Landale will be playing in a different team next season. With the request of the player, Jock Landale and Zalgiris have mutually agreed to part ways, as the Aussie continues to seek out his dream of playing in the NBA. A member of the Australian men’s national team signed a deal with Zalgiris last summer and had a running contract for next season. After the two sides reached an agreement, the 24-year-old addressed the fans and the Zalgiris organization. “I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for everything you’ve done for the past year. It was such an incredible experience coming to Lithuania and playing for such a historic club and a legendary coach. To the organization, I appreciate what you guys have done. Everyone’s got goals and ambitions, and you really helped me reach mine. You’ve got a fan in me for life.”
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Nikola Jokic clear favorite to win MVP now

While Jokic is miles ahead of the field, his point total is right in line with where the winners landed each of the past few seasons. What is different, however, is that there is no clear second-place finisher. Since the league shifted to the current voting format in 2017, second place has earned at least 738 points. Embiid, who received five of the remaining 11 first-place votes, was second with 401 points — not much more than half of that typical amount. Antetokounmpo (no first-place votes, 375 points), the two-time reigning MVP, was a close third, with Damian Lillard (two first-place votes, 67 total votes, 283 points) in fourth and Harden (one first-place vote, 62 total votes, 231 points) in fifth.
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James, meanwhile, went from getting more than half of the first-place votes in the last straw poll to getting none this time. He was left off nearly two-thirds of the ballots entirely, garnering just 37 total votes and 105 points. He was just ahead of Chris Paul, who had two first-place votes and 98 total points, with Kawhi Leonard (80 points, including one first-place vote) in eighth, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (28 points) in ninth and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (26 points) in 10th.
Enter Deck, who not coincidentally signed for $3.9 million. Is he an NBA player? Probably not. He had failed to make an impression as a younger player, going scoreless in the 2013 Hoop Summit and going undrafted in 2017. Now 26 years old and playing in Spain as a 6-foot-6 power forward with limited athleticism, nobody I talked to is that excited about him as an NBA prospect. His best-case scenario would be to get by enough on smarts and craftiness to carve out a back-end rotation spot. Deck’s main utility was that he was available via an in-season buyout, a rarity with European contracts.
In 2014, he said he wanted to stay in Portland and cement his legacy as the greatest Blazer of all time… then he chose to leave for San Antonio less than a year later in free agency. And while in San Antonio, he said he would like to one day reunite with Damian Lillard and end his career in Portland … then when presented with just that chance after a San Antonio buyout this spring, he instead chose Brooklyn. In between his mixed messages, there were some incredible moments. Some incredible production. And some real growth as a person. But there was also a lot of bitterness, pettiness and moodiness that led to much of the hurt.
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