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Aussies in NBA: Jonah Bolden's NBA debut likely delayed
Fans who were looking forward to highlight reels of Jonah Bolden finishing plays alongside Ben Simmons, might have to be patient.
According to The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks, Bolden's original contract was with KK Crvena zvezda (Red Star) for three years, with the swingman being sent to FMP in the Adriatic League for a year. This led to a perception that Bolden had a one-year FMP deal, followed by a two-year Red Star contract.
Bolden has confirmed his interest in playing for the Sixers as soon as possible, but that it would be up to the Sixers organisation to figure out how Bolden would fit into their long-term strategy.
"There's uncertainty right now," Bolden commented. "I am subject to a contract over in Europe. Obviously, I am prepared and ready to play in the league. Whether that is the plan for the [Philadelphia 76ers] organisation or not, is not in my hands. They drafted me with a plan, and I believe they have the best plan for my future, whether that is playing over here or overseas."
Sixers president Bryan Colangelo had not confirmed how the team's plans looked like, when asked about Bolden last week.
"All of the international draftees are subject to contracts with their clubs and certain buyout language," Colangelo said.
"Those discussions will be had with their agents and representatives.
"Some of those clauses would suggest that they would not be coming immediately, but everything is up for discussion and debate as we build this roster."
Despite Bolden's contract having an NBA buyout clause, chances are Bolden's debut on the NBA hardwood will not happen in the 2017/18 season.
The Philadelphia 76ers drafted multiple players who are committed to Europe (Anzejs Pasecniks, Mathias Lessort and Bolden) this year. Add the fact that they already have fourteen committed players through 2018 without including number one overall pick Markelle Fultz, it's very likely the Europe-bound Philly rookies are not required to contribute in the coming season.