Western Notes: Cancar, Guduric, Rubio, Bol Bol

Vlatko Cancar will have plenty of competition at the forward spots but the 22-year-old could help the Nuggets in a variety of ways, as Eric Spyropoulos of the team’s website details. While playing on Denver’s summer league team for two years, Cancar has shown that he can handle the ball, knock down outside shots and battle in the lane. He doesn’t bring elite mobility at the defensive end but he uses his basketball IQ and awareness to position himself well, Spyropoulos adds.

Cancar, a 2017 second-round pick who spent the last two seasons overseas, signed a three-year contract. The first two years are guaranteed and the Nuggets used part of their mid-level exception to secure him, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. They are now $979K below the luxury tax line, Marks adds.

We have more from around the Western Conference:

  • The addition of Marko Guduric further muddles the Grizzlies’ wing rotation, David Cobb of the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes. He’ll join a group that includes shooting guards Grayson Allen, Dillon Brooks and Josh Jackson as well as forwards Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill, Kyle Anderson and Bruno Caboclo. Guduric’s two-year, $5.3MM contract put the Grizzlies close to $128MM in salary commitments and gives them a full camp roster, Cobb adds. Guduric, who shot 47.7% from long range in Turkey last season, signed the contract on July 31.
  • New Suns point guard Ricky Rubio believes he can make Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton even more productive, as he told Cody Cunningham of the team’s website“I can help them reach the level they deserve,” Rubio said. “Deandre, Devin Booker, I’ve been talking to them the last couple days and they’re really excited. Can’t wait to jump on the court and start working with them.” Rubio was signed to a three-year, $51MM contract to fix Phoenix’s issues at the point guard position.
  • Nuggets rookie big man Bol Bol has moved around quite a bit for a 19-year-old but he feels at home in Denver, as he told Kendra Andrews of The Athletic“I’m happy to be here,” Bol said. “I really like the city. I’m happy to be in a bigger city again.”
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6 thoughts on “Western Notes: Cancar, Guduric, Rubio, Bol Bol

  1. KnicksFanCavsFan

    not sure how i missed it. why did Miami trade Bol to Denver for cash and a future 2nd round pick? even if he wasn’t going to make the team couldn’t the G- League affiliate be an option?

    • bravesfan88
      bravesfan88

      Not a clue…I’m surprised Miami didn’t stick with him also, especially since they did such a good job grooming and elevating Whiteside’s game..Bol could’ve been a very intriguing prospect for them moving forward..

        • KnicksFanCavsFan

          They knew what he was when they drafted him. Seems like a waste. They could’ve had him go to the G-League. What I don’t know is if you need a players permittiion to do so.

    • x%sure

      I think at the time it was looked at pretty much as a Denver pick and Miami was just the “via”.
      Of course at that point one could ask of Pat Riley, why not just draft Bol Bol. . . or the same question to any number of teams!

      He’s a nice second-round risk, like undrafted (!) Tacko Fall. Or a guy who just signed, Jaylen Nowell. Or Carson Edwards, Daniel Gafford, Ignas Brazeikas, Terrence Mann, Jordan Bone. Probable late bloomers like Claxton, Smailagic, Waters and Bone. Short strong men Paschall, Schofield and Tucker.

      Should be a good draft, whatever the experts say.

      • x%sure

        errata- There’s only one Bone not two; I demoted him to the “late bloomers” list at the last minute. Could also add underafteds Norvell and Dort to that and IDK about Europeans.

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