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Earlier this year

Wildcats want Ennis-Prather hybrid

Perth Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson and his recruiting team, which includes assistant coaches Matt Nielsen and Adam Forde, have arrived in Las Vegas for the 2018 NBA Summer League.

The goal? To snare a star import to fill the final spot on the Wildcats 2018/19 playing roster.

Gleeson revealed to The West Australian that he's after a gun small forward with strong defensive skills - which would come as no surprise to any Gleeson-era Wildcats fan.

We've done pretty well in the small forward position and it’s something we’re keen on filling again," Gleeson said.

"If we can get somewhere in between a James Ennis and a Casey Prather, we’ll be pretty happy. It’s hard to get those types of players but we’ll do the best we can."

https://thewest.com.au/sport/basketball/perth-wildcats-chasing-the-next-james-ennis-casey-prather-ng-b88888562z

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Earlier this year

Somewhat obvious, and I think most fans would drool at the prospect of such a player. Still, it seems to run contrary to previous comments about wanting more of an outside player.

An Ennis-Prather hybrid isn't necessarily going to excel at 3-point shooting.

Here's hoping they discover a cheap outside option at Summer League to replace Hire.

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

My Tuesday night team could use one too. Maybe with a little sprinkle of Cotton's 3pt shooting.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The article just basically says the Wildcats want a good player.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Have any of these coaches and GM that have been to the Summer League ever hired anyone from there?
It's just a junkette. Eyeballing what they cant afford or aren't good enough IMO.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Prather not returning to Wildcats

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Hogwash  
Earlier this year

A mix of Ennis and Prather would be on most teams wishlists.
Finding the three point shooting ability of Devondrick Walker on top of that would be incredible.

Whoever the Wildcats get they will do well based on previous track record.

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J-dogg  
Earlier this year

Wildcats talking to Creek at summer league....watch this space!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Have any of these coaches and GM that have been to the Summer League ever hired anyone from there?
It's just a junkette"

It makes a trip to Vegas tax deductible.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wildcats won't sign Prather but will sign Devondrick Walker.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Gaze recruited Travis Leslie out of the SL last year when he was coaching him as a guest coach at the Pacers.

Mainly though they're just looking for a guy that's slipping through the cracks who doesn't have NBA interest in him or big Euro offers on the table.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

An Ennis-Prather hybrid would be perfect as long as they are 99.9% Ennis and 0.1% Prather.

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Melbourne Boy  
Earlier this year

Yeah Prathers teams weren't very successful these last couple of years were they?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wildcats in deep talks with Walker and Landale.

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Hogwash  
Earlier this year

There is no room on roster for Landale.
Wouldn't mind Walker though

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Davon Reed and Anthony Brown are two names that have been thrown in to the mix.

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Earlier this year

"Have any of these coaches and GM that have been to the Summer League ever hired anyone from there?
It's just a junkette. Eyeballing what they cant afford or aren't good enough IMO."

Whilst I doubt many go in there with no clue, I imagine it does give them an opportunity to watch prospects in the flesh, and talk to them f2f.
Several successful imports have played S/L.
There's also a couple of Aussie kids running around who would be worth a DP spot if they don't get an offer elsewhere, or may even be inline for a roster spot with some teams.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

yeah sure ok Dazz whatever you say

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Honestly think Ennis could be a sneaky chance to return. It's extremely unlikely, but he feels like one of those journeymen type that can be in the league one minute but out of it the next for no specific reason. Apart from the top maybe 7-8 players per team it feels like the NBA can be quite a lottery for hundreds of other NBA standard guys on who makes a roster and who doesn't. I feel like with bis skill set he will find himself on a roster for the upcoming season, but tbh wouldn't be totally shocked if the he didnt get any offers and the Wildcats convinced him to return now.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Hoping the Wildcats find someone better than Walker. Didn't strike me as a super gun player (MVP contender quality) which the Cats probably need at the 3 if only going the 2 imports.

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Earlier this year

I'd imagine Ennis is "likely" to return at some point in the future, and not even necessary to the Cats.

A player at his ability level, is going to have some games still in him, when he finally gets off the NBA carousel, and I'd imagine he'd be open to whatever opportunities might present.

Never got to see much of Walker before his injury. They seem to regrad him highly, and with his outside ability, I was hoping he was a smokie for the 3rd slot.
As per Anon above, in going for only 2 imports, and with Hire and Steindl as the only backups, the Cats are banking heavily on this SF role.
Given that lack of depth, its no coincidence that when they have signed MVPs in Ennis/Prather that they have won rings. But with DD and even JP, they didn't

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Coach said looking for someone "younger" is a bit of insult to fans. Be honest and say looking for someone cheaper than Prather, Conger etc.. Tell like it is.

You would only want a fresh out of colleage type if you cant afford a proven player. Conger at cats and they would be serious title threat. Another JP or DD as was mentioned earlier, forget it.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

a bit surprised the Cats have been argaubly a little stingy the last couple of years. Really thought they'd be throwing around some cash.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

That's why Nick Marvin bailed.

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Cats4Lyf  
Earlier this year

No more money for the Cats, well not like in previous years anyway. Lynx to be sold at the end of this season from all reports as Bendat is sick of pumping money into them without any results. Perth basketball to be on the decline with less of a cheque book to throw around

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Meanwhile Marvin has a new sugar daddy in the form of Andrew Forrest.

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Waves2Lynx  
Earlier this year

"No more money for the Cats, well not like in previous years anyway. Lynx to be sold at the end of this season from all reports as Bendat is sick of pumping money into them without any results. Perth basketball to be on the decline with less of a cheque book to throw around"

https://thewest.com.au/sport/basketball/jack-bendat-keen-on-helping-perth-lynx-break-wnbl-title-drought-after-extending-the-clubs-licence-ng-b88765819z

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Less money for Wildcats then.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Are the Perth Lynx are to blame for the Wildcats being 'stingy' (by their standards) over the last few years? You hear a lot about the money going into the Lynx the last couple of years, and 'coincidentally' the Cats seem to have been going the stingy route ever since.

The budget import debacle with poor fitting Johnson/Ingram pre-Cotton, not willing to axe Cooke last year despite really needing a Knight replacement, only going 2 imports this year and by all reports looking for a cheaper option still despite only going with the 2.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

and a cheap GM.

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AD  
Earlier this year

Wildcats have NOT been stingy by their own standards, but yes have not risen to Sydney or Melbourne levels since the new rules.

Bottom line is that they are now fully self-sustaining, Bendat nolonger props up the operations of the Mens team. So whilst they probably still generate more revenue than anyone else, it would seem they and Bendat make the choice to try and stay sustainable and not match the overspend. So they have gone from arguably the number 1 spender over the past era, to probably number 3.

Although the exact details may not be obvious, it would also appear that the super-tax and the 5-man cap do have an impact.

Existing players would already have been on good coin, they have added Kay and Norton who would not have come cheap, brought back Jervis, and signed the MVP to a 3 year deal. That's some serious money.

But I would be very disappointed if they cheap out on such an important position, with so little depth of backup.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Dazz yet again speculating yet words it as fact.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"but yes have not risen to Sydney or Melbourne levels since the new rules."

So basically, they've been a bit stingy by Wildcats standards lol

They're still spending quite a bit and making good moves. It just feels like the Wildcats of a few years or so ago would have cut Cooke last year and found the right PF, would be going with 3 imports this year, or be getting a fringe NBA import SF if just going with the 2, etc. By not rising to Sydney/Melbournes level, I'd say that's a bit stingy by Wildcats standards.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I wouldn't say the Wildcats have been stingy at all. They just haven't gone completely loco like United and now the Kings have. I thought Cotton was on $400k per month or something.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Going with 2 imports you would assume they would be going for a top dollar import.
Any Ennis/Prather type would not be cheap.

I still think they will play the 3rd import card later in the season.

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