Melbourne United Rumors
Big man Jock Landale, who signed with the Spurs last month after spending last season with Melbourne United, referred to Australia’s National Basketball League as “the best place to be” for players trying to make jump to the NBA. In an appearance on the NBL’s The Huddle podcast, Landale praised the league’s willingness to let players pursue NBA opportunities.
And there’s actually a runaway No. 1 as far as the club with the most male basketball players participating: Real Madrid, the team that produced a certain Luka Doncic, who just tied the record for second-most points ever scored in an Olympic basketball contest. The storied Spanish club leads the way with eight players taking part in the Olympic Games this summer, followed by Fenerbahce out of the Turkish League, Australia’s Melbourne United, the Miami Heat (the NBA team with most male basketball representatives in Tokyo), Olimpia Milano (Italy) and Union Olimpija (Slovenia), all of whom have four players at the Games.
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.
Randolph owns a small percentage of the Phoenix, and like the other NBA players who have bought into the NBL, he has entered into a mutually beneficial arrangement by investing with a friend in a franchise. The players buy proximity to the nerve center of a professional sports team, and the franchise gets an association with a brand-name NBA player. “It gives you confidence that you are on the right track and that there are others who share your vision who have done it before,” said Craig Hutchison, chairman of Melbourne United.
Mirjam Swanson: Re: International hoops and the Clippers. 🙂 Next preseason, three NBL teams from Australia and New Zealand will play games against the Clippers, Grizzlies, Thunder, Kings and Jazz, the leagues announced. Melbourne United at Staples on Oct. 13.