Joe Ingles has been having one heck of a FIBA World Cup. Albeit, it’s been two three games but the Australian continues to impress.
Through those three games, Ingles is averaging 15.7 points, three assists and 2.3 steals per contest. He’s also shooting a scorching 70 percent from the field, 63 percent from distance. In a word: unbelievable.
As ESPN’s Marc Stein writes, Ingles is shooting his way into the NBA, as teams’ interest in the 6-foot-8 guard continues to skyrocket. And according to Stein, Ingles could be playing himself into a guaranteed NBA deal soon. Of the teams interested? Reportedly, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Memphis Grizzlies, amongst others.
According to NBA front-office sources, Ingles has emerged as a virtual lock to land in the league this coming season — likely on a guaranteed deal — on the strength of his strong play here at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The Philadelphia 76ers, sources say, are indeed one of the handful of NBA teams pursuing Ingles, which is a natural given that Ingles’ former national team coach — Brett Brown — is now the Sixers’ coach. But one source briefed on Ingles’ thinking said Tuesday that the 6-foot-8 perimeter specialist is unlikely to sign with Philly.
The Memphis Grizzlies are another team that has expressed interest in Ingles in the past. Ingles played at Barcelona with Grizzlies star center Marc Gasol, who is widely known to be one of Ingles’ biggest fans.
I find it interesting that Stein mentions the Grizzlies who waived Jamaal Franklin Sunday to create roster room. Making room for one of Marc Gasol’s favorites? Perhaps.
The Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers have been linked to Ingles in the recent past.