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Top Nicolo Melli News

  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Signs with Olimpia Milano

    Melli inked a three-year deal with the Italian club team Olimpia Milano on Friday, Sam Amico of FortyEightMinutes.com reports.

    After a disappointing second season in the NBA with the Pelicans and Mavericks, Melli has decided to play basketball overseas in Italy. The 30-year-old forward notched season averages of 3.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 12.6 minutes in 2020-21.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Contributes 13 points in rout

    Melli totaled 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 12 minutes in a 133-103 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Melli was one of six players to finish with double-digit scoring for Dallas, and he impressively tallied his 13 points in only 12 minutes. The second-year forward finished with his highest point total of the season. The output was certainly a surprise, as Melli came into the contest averaging only 2.3 points over 12.5 minutes through 35 games.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Back to bench

    Melli will come off the bench for Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Melli had started in four of the last five games, but he's returning to a bench role as Jalen Brunson was inserted into the starting lineup. Melli will likely see a slight drop-off in his workload as a result of the move to the bench.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Back in starting five

    Melli will start Sunday's game against the Spurs, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.

    Melli will start for the fourth time in the last five games -- this time in place of Maxi Kleber, who's dealing with soreness in his lower leg. Over his three previous starts, Melli averaged 4.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.7 blocks in 28.0 minutes.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Barley contributes in spot start

    Melli totaled zero points (0-7 FG, 0-5 3Pt), seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes during Monday's 111-103 victory over the Jazz.

    Melli remained in the starting lineup for a second straight game in place of Kristaps Porzingis (wrist), but he failed to produce outside of three combined defensive stats. His run of elevated minutes is almost certainly going to come to an end in the near future, at which time fantasy managers won't need to pay much attention to him.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Starting again Monday

    Melli will start Monday's game Utah, Mavericks radio play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Cooperstein reports.

    Melli will receive his second start in a row while Kristaps Porzingis (knee) remains on the sidelines. In his last start on Friday, he went for 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists across 28 minutes.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Getting first start as Mav

    Melli will start Saturday's game against the Wizards.

    With Kristaps Porzingis (knee) and Maxi Kleber (leg) sidelined, Melli will get his first start as a member of the Mavericks and his first start of the season. In eight games this season where he's played more than 15 minutes, Melli has averaged 3.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 18.5 minutes.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Logs 11 minutes with new team

    Melli scored six points (3-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three rebounds and a steal across 11 minutes in Monday's 127-106 win over the Thunder.

    Melli was used at the four in Monday's game, which is not where the former Pelican usually plays. It appears that the Mavericks acquired him to provide support at the position alongside Maxi Kleber as opposed to working under center when Kristaps Porzingis is off the floor. His numbers should increase slightly once he fully acclimates to the Mavericks' game plan, but a frontcourt injury will probably be the only way Melli sees more than 15 minutes per game.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Available Saturday

    Melli (recently traded) is available Saturday against the Pelicans.

    After being dealt from the Pelicans to the Mavericks on Thursday, Melli will possibly debut for Dallas against his former team Saturday. With Kristaps Porzingis (rest) unlikely to play, Melli could end up seeing significant run.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Won't debut Friday

    Melli (recently traded) will not play Friday against the Pacers.

    Traded to the Mavericks on Thursday, Melli isn't yet with the Mavericks. He may be available Saturday. However, he's not guaranteed to be a regular part of the rotation.

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  • Mavericks' Nicolo Melli: Headed to Dallas

    Melli was traded along with JJ Redick to Dallas on Thursday for James Johnson, Wes Iwundu and a second round pick, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Melli played a total of 82 games for New Orleans over the last two seasons, averaging 5.3 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting overall. The 30-year-old power forward likely won't factor in too heavily into the Dallas rotation, but he could take on some backup minutes here and there.

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  • Pelicans' Nicolo Melli: Inefficient in win

    Melli tallied three points (1-7 FG, 1-7 3Pt), three rebounds and two steals over 17 minutes in Sunday's 120-115 win over the Celtics.

    Melli played 17 minutes off the bench Sunday, his highest mark in more than a month. He saw plenty of looks from beyond the arc against Boston, but he only converted on one shot during the win. If Steven Adams (ankle) returns Wednesday against Detroit, Melli could see his playing time decrease once again.

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  • Pelicans' Nicolo Melli: Scores five against Milwaukee

    Melli finished with five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), two boards, two assists, and one steal in 16 minutes of a 131-126 win against Milwaukee on Friday.

    The first-year man matched a career high in points in the contest as he continues to adjust to the NBA game. He's had an inconsistent role thus far for his team, but he was one of just three players to come off the bench in the contest. He'll play the Rockets on Saturday.

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  • Pelicans' Nicolo Melli: Available Friday

    Melli (personal) is available for Friday's game at Charlotte.

    The 29-year-old was originally considered questionable due to personal reasons, but he'll be available for Friday's contest. However, Melli didn't see the court in either of the past two games as a coach's decision, so he may not see much playing time regardless.

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  • Pelicans' Nicolo Melli: Questionable for Friday

    Melli (personal) is questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets.

    The nature of the personal matter is unclear, but Melli may not be available as the Pelicans finish up a four-game homestand. Melli was a DNP-CD in each of the last two games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-9, 236 lbs
Birthplace: Reggio Emilia, Italy
Age: 30
Experience: 2