Former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin is reportedly receiving interest from multiple NBA teams as he weighs his options with offers in China.
Goodwin most recently played for the Portland Trail Blazers Summer League team, where he became the Summer League’s all-time scoring leader.
Several NBA teams have expressed interest in Archie Goodwin who is seriously considering a lucrative offer in China, The Athletic has learned. Goodwin is expected to land in China unless an NBA team offers a fully guaranteed deal for next season.
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All that scoring in the summer is apparently beginning to pay off. While I’d love to see Goodwin get another chance in the NBA, no one would blame him for taking a lucrative offer with a team in China. There aren’t many players other than Goodwin who deserve a chance to truly make their mark as a basketball professional.
Goodwin has been out of the NBA since a 15 game run in the 2016-17 season where he spent time with both the New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets. As a member of the Northern Arizona Suns (the Phoenix Suns G League affiliate) last season, Goodwin averaged 19 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 52.8 percent from the field.
It’s easy to forget that Goodwin won’t turn 24 until August. He still has room to improve and develop, despite being a Summer League veteran. In fact, it’s his status as a veteran and impressive play in Las Vegas this summer that may just land him an NBA deal.
Cap space for NBA front offices is tight right now and there are only a few teams that might be financially capable of signing him, even for a small deal. The Sacramento Kings still have more than enough space to sign Goodwin if they would like to find a spot for him while the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks might be able to make it happen, as well. Maybe Portland decides to see if he can build off his summer performances as a member of their squad and offer him a training camp deal. For a team to give Goodwin a fully guaranteed deal, however, might be a bit out of reach.
The goal is obviously to make it to the NBA, but if “lucrative” means what I think lucrative means, then go get that money, Archie.