Golden State Warriors' guard Scott Machado is fully focused on staying in the NBA this season, and may skip playing for the Brazilian National Team to fully focus this summer. Machado told SNY.tv that his first priority is making the Warriors, with whom he signed a non-guaranteed $789,000 contract earlier this summer. Machado will play for the Warriors' summer league team in Las Vegas in July.
"His first priority is to make the Warriors," a source close to the situation told SNY.tv on Monday evening. "Have to sacrifice National Team."
Machado went undrafted in the 2012 but spent some time in the NBA playing in six games with the Rockets before joining the Warriors and making five appearances in the playoffs against the Spurs. Machado spent most of the year in the D-League, where he played for Rio Grande Valley and Santa Cruz. Ironically after joining the Warriors, Machado was assigned to the D-League where he helped Santa Cruz to the D-League Finals, where they faced off against his old team.
In 28 games between Rio Grande Valley and Santa Cruz, Machado averaged 8.9 points and 5.1 assists. He averaged 9.8 points and 1.8 assists in Santa Cruz's run through the D-League playoffs.
There will be a potential opening for Machado in Golden State next season as Jarrett Jack enters free agency this offseason. Jack played well enough that he may command a longer and more expensive deal than the Warriors want to give a back up player. In the meantime, it is up to Machado to prove to the Warriors in summer league that he is the answer to that equation and that they shouldn't look elsewhere in free agency for another back up to Stephen Curry.