Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Machado To Return To Summer League

Scott Machado will return to Summer League in hopes of once again reclaiming a spot in an NBA locker room. (Photo courtesy of Iona College)

This past season, Scott Machado's roller coaster ride of a rookie year in the NBA included several stops in the NBDL before two cups of coffee with two teams and an eventual trip to the Western Conference semifinals with the Golden State Warriors.

Last night, the former Iona guard took a step toward extending his promising professional career, re-signing with the Warriors on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, as reported by SNY's Josh Newman. Machado will return to the Las Vegas Summer League in the coming weeks when he plays for Golden State's team, opting to pass on a potential World Championship experience with the Brazilian national team in order to further his NBA tenure.

In five games with the Houston Rockets' Summer League squad a year ago, Machado averaged 8.0 points and 5.6 assists per game, seeing greater minutes and improving more with every contest as he attempted to make the roster as the backup point guard behind former Knick Jeremy Lin. This time around, Machado's future is just as uncertain with the Warriors, who are expected to use their mid-level salary cap exception in an offer to current backup Jarrett Jack. Should Jack find a better offer elsewhere, Machado; the 2012 MAAC Player of the Year and MBWA Haggerty Award winner, could find a spot on Mark Jackson's bench as the understudy to Stephen Curry, who enjoyed a coming-out party during Golden State's playoff run, emerging as a bona fide superstar in the process.

For Machado, his experience in the postseason at the highest level made him realize how important it was to his budding career, as it provided an intrinsic value that even his NCAA Tournament appearance with Iona fifteen months prior could not.

"That was a very valuable experience," he said with regard to his brief stint with the Warriors. "I've never played in such a wonderful atmosphere, being part of the NBA playoffs at that. The NCAA Tournament was wonderful, but the playoffs was a whole different notch. It's everyone's dream, and I was front and center, being able to help my team."

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