It's beginning to look unlikely that the 36th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Jonah Bolden, joins fellow Australian Ben Simmons in the city of brotherly love next season.

New reports out of the 76ers camp have confirmed that negotiations to stash the young Australian draftee overseas are ongoing.

There were hopes that after his breakout summer league performance’s Philadelphia would consider signing Bolden to a multi-year deal or even one of the NBA’s new two-way contracts.

Per Olgun Uluc, it appears that Bolden may be headed to Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.


This may not be a bad move for Bolden, who is likely to be an integral part of one of the younger teams in the Euroleague competition instead of chucking up shots in garbage time. In what could be even better news for Bolden, Maccabi recently snagged the services of widely respected NBA assistant Neven Spahija to be their head coach. Under the tutelage of Spahija, who spent the last 3 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Bolden gets a chance to develop a little more with an NBA level coach before he gets his shot at the big time.

For a little background on Spahija he was an assistant to Mike Budenholzer, a member of the Gregg Popovich coaching tree, so undoubtedly he will be in good hands.  

Bolden showed off his incredible athleticism and defensive versatility throughout the 76ers summer league campaign, which immediately sparked calls to give Bolden a guaranteed deal for next season. 

Throw in some highlight plays like this and it’s fair to say Bolden has a bright future in the NBA.

As a second round draft pick Bolden isn’t allocated a scaled salary like those of first round draftees Dante Exum and Ben Simmons. Being in this scenario, especially with a team like the 76ers who have stockpiled a plethora of young talent, often leads to players rights being retained while they play overseas.

Importantly for Bolden this isn’t a step backwards, it just means that he will benefit more from getting regular playtime overseas rather than occasional minutes in the G-League while being unable to crack the rotation in Philadelphia.  

The 76ers will retain the Aussie’s draft rights until he is ready to come over to the NBA but if Bolden’s summer league form is anything to go by, it won’t be long at all until we see him in a Philadelphia uniform.