The Houston Rockets management are hoping to bring back Alessandro Gentile for the 2016-17 season, according to latest reports. The franchise earlier stashed Gentile overseas after picking him in 2014.
Gentile was the 53rd overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft. The Rockets hold the draft rights of Gentile with them. Gentile is currently playing for Milano, where he triumphed in 2014 by winning the MVP crown in the Serie A finals.
Mark Stein of ESPN first reported the news.
Rockets hold NBA rights to Alessandro Gentile and word is they'll try to bring him to the NBA for next season. Legit chance it happens, too
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 6, 2015
22-year-old Gentile is a wing player. Dan Feldman wrote at Pro Basketball Talk describing Gentile: “He’s a good scorer, but he primarily works from mid-range – an area the Rockets eschew. He can get to the rim in Europe, but his subpar athleticism might hinder him in the NBA. If Gentile comes stateside, he’ll face a steep learning curve. But he’s young enough and talented enough that he could develop into a rotation player.”
Gentile though a few months ago explained why he wanted to continue at Milan.
“I decided to stay in Milan to help the team recover what we have lost all together in the end of last season. I was never hiding that I feel a strong bond with this club which has given me so much, these colors and with the city of Milan. The role of a team captain gives me additional responsibility and that is what led me in making this decision.”