Dallas Mavericks free-agent Nicolo Melli is returning to Italy
There is no need for a prediction on this one. The Mavs traded for Nicolo Melli and J.J. Redick at the deadline. They sent their 2021 second-round pick, James Johnson, and Wesley Iwundu to New Orleans to complete the swap. Melli and Redick both hit free agency this summer. Dallas had the opportunity to make Melli a restricted free agent, but that will not be necessary.
The 30-year-old decided to return home to Italy after two seasons in the NBA. He signed back with Olimpia Milano. Melli played for them from 2010-2015 where he was a three-time All-Star in Serie A. The veteran forward has been a professional since 2007 and was All-EuroLeague second team in 2017 while starring for Fenerbahce.
Nicolo Melli’s two seasons in the NBA did not go as planned. The 30-year-old struggled to earn a consistent role and never made the impact he expected. Melli will return to his home country where he is a star player. Hopefully, the 6’9 forward has another All-Star campaign with Olimpia Milano in the 2021-2022 season.
The Dallas Mavericks will quickly waive his cap hold to clear space to sign free agents and improve their roster.
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