Happy Monday Nova Nation! There’s a lot of excitement flying around the NBA today with free agency in full swing. About 40% of the players in the league from last season entered some sort of free agency this offseason. For former Villanova players however, there are only two who are actively engaged in the free agent process right now. Ryan Arcidiacono is a restricted free agent, while Dante Cunningham is an unrestricted free agent.
Arcidiacono is in the more secure position, having already been given a qualifying offer from the Chicago Bulls. A qualifying offer is a one year contract that the player has the option of signing or exploring free agency. If Arch received an offer from another team, the Bulls would be able to match it and/or offer him a multi-year deal. It’s unlikely anyone else tries to poach Arch from the Bulls, so expect to see him back in Chicago next season.
Cunningham is an unrestricted free agent, and has been mentioned as an option for many teams as a low-cost, veteran option at Power Forward. Some of these teams include the Spurs (who he played for last season), the Blazers (who drafted him), the Pistons, the Suns, and the 76ers. Not going to lie, I’d LOVE to see Dante back in Philly, but that seems more rumor than reality at this point.
We’ll continue to follow along as the NBA does its yearly game of musical chairs and keep you updated with any movement by the Wildcats in the league.
In other “news”, Summer League starts today, the NFL season is around the corner, and some updates on the Class of 2022 recruits. Enjoy!
Nike Elite 100: Top 10 Class of 2022 Performers | 247 Sports
Some of the best prospects in the country are housed in the class of 2022, and many of them made a statement at the Nike Elite 100, including Emoni Bates.
PODCAST: NBA Talk with Former Villanova Star Darryl Reynolds | MikeDropSports
On a special MIKEDROPSPORTS Podcast, Mike Schneid interviews former VIllanova basketball star Darryl Reynolds to talk about the NBA off-season.
Warriors draft pick Eric Paschall anxious to get to work | The San Francisco Examiner
Used to championship basketball, Paschall has a specific goal for Las Vegas Summer League
Cavs 2019 Salt Lake City Summer League Primer | Cleveland Cavaliers
For the first time in almost two decades, the Cavaliers will play in a pair of Summer Leagues out West -- beginning in Salt Lake City early next week.
VIDEO: Meet Golden State Warriors second-round draft pick Eric Paschall | abc7news.com
As the Golden State Warriors prepare to move into their new home in San Francisco's Chase Center they are also welcoming three new players to the team including 2019 NBA Draft second round pick Eric Pashcall of Villanova University.
How Jalen Brunson Can Help The Mavs Swing A Trade | 105.3 The Fan
The Dallas Mavericks hold point guard Jalen Brunson in high regard, so much so that they shut down 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher's inquiries about including him as a key piece in a trade that would land a "big get."
Son of former York High head coach Matt Ortega commits to Villanova | York Dispatch
Coatesville senior quarterback Ricky Ortega announced his commitment to Villanova on Thursday. He is the son of ex-York High head coach Matt Ortega.
Saints rookie Ethan Greenidge plans to tackle roster with versatility | Who Dat Dish
Former Villanova standout and Saints rookie guard/tackle Ethan Greenidge hopes his versatility on the line can secure him a roster spot in 2019.
2019 Rams roster preview: OL Brandon Hitner ready to move | Turf Show Times
Hitner was a star in the Colonial Athletic Association. How will he manage the jump into the NFL?
Scotia grad Cremo eyes basketball future | The Daily Gazette
Joe Cremo is going to play basketball next season. The former Scotia-Glenville High School and University at Albany star just doesn't know where.
The Kuczos were historic figures in growth of the FCIAC | StamfordAdvocate
“My dad earned a full scholarship to Villanova University where he played football. He played pro football for the Staten Island Steamrollers until bad knees ended his career,” John Kuczo said. “So many kids he coached considered my dad their second father. Players always came over to our house.”