Warriors’ Star Has Wild Reaction After Free Agent Signs With Italian Team

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Getty Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during a game in February.

According to multiple reports, Golden State Warriors 2020 second round pick Nico Mannion is signing a contract with Virtus Bologna of Italy’s Serie A.

The news was first reported by ESPN insider Jordan Schultz and The Athletic‘s Anthony Slater.

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Never one to mince his words, Mannion’s Warriors teammate Draymond Green swiftly took to social media to respond to the move and voiced his support for the youngster.

It was recently reported that the return of Andre Iguodala could push Mannion off of the roster and while the process may have not played out exactly as expected, Iggy will indeed be on the roster next season, while the Italian point guard will not.


Mannion Will Join Multiple Former Warriors on Virtus Bologna

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GettyEkpe Udoh of the Golden State Warriors during a game in 2010.

Founded in 1929, the Virtus Bologna team is the oldest club in Italy and among the oldest in all of Europe. There have been many former NBA players to suit up for the group and the upcoming season’s roster includes multiple former NBAers as well.

Both Marco Belinelli and Ekpe Udoh will be playing for Virtus Bologna this season and like Mannion, were drafted by the Dubs. Belinelli was selected 18th overall by Golden State in the 2007 NBA draft and spent his first two seasons with the team, averaging 6.2 points and 1.4 assists over 75 games, including 23 starts.

Udoh was taken with the sixth pick in the 2010 draft – ahead of the likes of Paul George (10th) and Gordon Hayward (ninth) – and spent one and a half seasons with the Dubs. Across 96 games (24 starts) with the Warriors, Udoh posted 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

In 30 NBA games a season ago, Mannion averaged 4.1 points, 2.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per contest.


Mannion Can Still Return to the Warriors in 1 or 2 Years

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GettyTeam Italy point guard Nico Mannion following the squad’s loss to France in the Quarterfinals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Though Mannion will be playing ball on an entirely different continent for the second time this year – following his play during the Tokyo Olympics – there is a chance that he eventually returns to the Dubs.

Mannion played the 2020-2021 campaign on a two-way contract for the Warriors and will be replaced in that capacity by 25-year-old point guard Chris Chiozza, who played 22 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season.

Mannion was born in Italy and spent his early childhood there, but grew up in Arizona. The 20-year-old played one season for the University of Arizona, averaging 14.0 points, 5.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 32 games played.

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