Alessandro Gentile, currently playing Olimpia Milano, is possibly coming over to join the Houston Rockets next year, according to Marc Stein:
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
“Great!” you say, “Who is Gentile?
According to Matt Kamalsky of DraftExpress.com, that sounds like it could be a big deal for Houston:
Arguably the most seasoned international prospect eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft, 21 year old wing Alessandro Gentile has been a productive scorer on the European seen since he was a teenager. With his season nearing a close as his team is in the Italian league playoffs, we evaluate where his stock is at currently…
More than just a shooter, Gentile is an extremely creative, instinctive offensive player on the whole. He may lack quickness, but has developed into a crafty ball-handler over the last few seasons, is capable of setting the table for his teammates thanks to his terrific feel for the game, and is an opportunistic finisher inside. Able to use his strength effectively when attacking the basket, the Italian swingman is constantly in attack mode, but is a more unselfish distributor now than he was in his youth. His lack of elite explosiveness limits him to some degree as a slasher and finisher, but he can play above the rim when he gets a head of steam and uses his terrific touch to score with an array of scoops and floaters in the paint. Shooting 56% in finishing situations, Gentile is a good, but not overly efficient finisher and would no doubt face a daunting challenge scoring in the lane at the NBA level.
That sounds very much like a man who is going to fit into general manager Daryl Morey’s type of system. And while there are questions about his lateral quickness and ability to defend NBA wings, he wouldn’t be coming to the Rockets to be their first option. It sounds like he could certainly give the Rockets some production off the bench. And given Morey’s reputation for finding low-cost, high-value players, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Gentile panned out.