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Scalabrine headed to Italy for five-week tryout?

Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:49 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Earlier, I was excited to bring you news that Wilson Chandler, who is not some middle-ground NBA also-ran, was headed overseas to play in Italy. Other than Deron Williams, almost everyone taking their talents across the pond seems to be in the lower tier of NBA players.

So here's another and he happens to be the marginalist of all marginal NBAers: Brian Scalabrine. And here's the best part: He doesn't have a contract -- he's trying out. How I love thee, Scal.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Scalabrine will spend the next five weeks training with Benetton Treviso in Italy. After that, he'll decide what he wants to do.

Sportando reported earlier in the week that it was more of a tryout rather than a check-it-out-for-five-weeks-and-dec
ide move. Scalabrine may not be a top level NBA talent, but he has been a mainstay on rosters since he broke into the league. He's always been a quality practice player and part of a lot of good teams. He can play a bit and I'm sure in Italy, he'd be a solid player. So the "tryout" thing seems to be a bit strange.

But if that's the case and he doesn't make Benetton, then where's that leave him for the NBA? He was on a non-guaranteed contract with the Bulls last year and really served more as a veteran bench presence than actual contributing player. Someone surely would want that service again, but if Scalabrine is looking to play, staying overseas might be his best option.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 6:17 pm

Scalabrine headed to Italy for five-week tryout?

I can say with certainty that Scal will ALWAYS have a job opportunity in some capacity in Boston when his pro career concludes. Few players have done less, yet have been more loved that Scal.

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