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Bowen still contracted to the NBL/Kings?

An article from the AP on Bowen at this week's NBA Combine.


"He got to play alongside Andrew Bogut, an NBA champion with Golden State, and experience in practice just how hard his picks were. Coach Andrew Gaze, who played on a title winner with San Antonio, was up front with him right from the beginning: If Bowen thought he was going to start on a team with its sights set high, well, guess again.

To Bowen, that made it all the more attractive. That's because he figures he would have to come off the bench in the NBA.

"You’re not going to play every game every night," he said. “You’re not going to play 25-plus minutes every night. I just want to be prepared with that, playing with those veterans. And try to pick their brains.”

Living in Sydney was valuable for a young adult trying to find his way. It took time getting used to seeing cars on the left side of the road and adapting to the “tricky” words, as he put it, like “breaky” for “breakfast.”

Finding a barber to maintain his Mohawk was another priority. He found two. He also tried kangaroo; for the record, it did not taste like chicken.

“It’s really not too bad,” he said. “It’s just like roast beef, but just more chewy.”

He also missed Rib Shack in Saginaw, a popular barbecue joint recently damaged by a fire. But playing in the NBA is certainly something he would like to sink his teeth into. He viewed this combine as a sort of re-introduction.

He insisted he is a more rounded player than the one who showed up at the combine last year, with a better touch as well as a better handle on the ball. He’s stronger physically and mentally.

Bowen is under contract to Sydney for next season, meaning an NBA team would have to buy out the deal or stash him there. But it’s clear where he wants to be.

“There were a lot of tough points, obviously, with media, with everything that obviously went wrong,” Bowen said. “But I fought through it. And I realized that I could fight through a lot of things.”"

So, if he gets drafted, maybe there's still a decent likelihood he's kept at the Kings to develop for another year?

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He would take an import spot you would think, surely not a next stars free be.

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You would think so. The second year of the contract in essence is really just to make sure NBL teams get something if their Next Star gets drafted.

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That is a disgrace what sort of team would force a player to pay a buyout to follow their dream to play in the NBA?!?!!? :)

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Nice rhetorical question, Mitch.

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That makes no fucking sense whatsoever.

Next Stars is by definition for one season only, so how could he be contracted for two?

His contract was with the NBL, not Sydney.

How would his contract not have an NBA-out clause?

Whole idea flies in the face of the whole Next Stars premise.

Only way he would be contracted to Sydney, would be if they have already offered him a contract for next season and he accepted. ie a completely new contract as an import.

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This 'Next Stars' thing really is a work in progress. Seems the detail is a little murky.

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When he was signed, it was mentioned really early on that it was for two seasons... A good idea really, as not everyone will get first round guaranteed deal, so it's a good chance that the Kings could get to work with him and develop him some more (now they don't have Gaze as coach) but there's no way that it should still be under the Next Stars deal unless that was upfront early on...

It being a work in progress shouldn't be an excuse for a team to take advantage of the system...

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