NBL free agency: Who is staying, who is coming and who is on the move at every club in 2022

Amid a flurry of activity, there are going to be plenty of new faces in NBL23 — and still a number of big names yet to put pen to paper. NBL ROSTER TRACKER

In the midst of a condensed offseason, NBL clubs have been wheeling and dealing their way toward completing their 2022-23 rosters.

We’ve got all the big news out of the free agency period and latest roster changes in our tracker below.

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Jackies jump on on new import

Tasmania has bounced back from the departure of NBL finals star Josh Adams by quickly adding a new import.

American power forward Rashard Kelly has put pen to paper on a one-year deal and will join the JackJumpers in August.

Breaking News Breaking News JackJumpers new recruit Rashard Kelly.
Breaking News Breaking News JackJumpers new recruit Rashard Kelly.
Kelly during his college years at Witchita State. Picture: Getty Images
Kelly during his college years at Witchita State. Picture: Getty Images

The 26-year-old is currently contracted to JDA Dijon Basket in France’s LNB Pro A, averaging 11.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 38 games, and has professional experience playing in Russia, Italy and Turkey.

“Rashard is an incredibly mobile forward, who we think will bring the size and versatility we’re looking for,” JackJumpers’ chief executive Simon Brookhouse said of the 204cm athlete.

“Rashard has a really impressive resume and has been dominant for Dijon this season.

“We also think he has the right attitude and personal attributes that will complement our group, and a willingness to buy in to the systems and foundations that we were able to build in our first season.”

“I think JackJumpers fans will love his versatility and work rate.”

***Young NBL1 double-double machine Lual Diing has joined Brisbane as a developmnt player.

The 23-year-old’s showing for Northside Wizards, where he’s averaged 20.8ppg, 12.9rpg and 3.4apg put him in the frame for the Bullets, who have a club option for NBL24.

The 204cm forward is a pure athlete whose outside shot is a work in progress.

“I’m excited to be part of the Bullets family and looking forward to competing and getting after it every day at practice,” Diing said.

“I’m eager to learn from vets like Jason Cadee and Nathan Sobey, guys who’ve had long NBL careers and also learning from a great coach in James Duncan.

“I can’t wait for pre-season to start.”

Coach James Duncan said Diing’s length and athleticism allowed him to defend multiple positions on the court.

LATEST NBL MOVEMENT

Here’s a look at all the moves and a list of the comings and goings at every club so far.

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Deng Deng is on the move, while Dejan Vasiljevic and Tahjere McCall have been locked in by their clubs.
Deng Deng is on the move, while Dejan Vasiljevic and Tahjere McCall have been locked in by their clubs.

EVERY CLUB’S ROSTER

ADELAIDE 36ERS

Contracted: Sunday Dech, Hyrum Harris, Daniel Johnson, Mitch McCarron, Kai Sotto, Nick Marshall (development player, upgrade to full roster in season 2024), Mojave King (Next Star), Anthony Drmic (from Brisbane, 2 year-deal), Kyrin Galloway (from NZ, 2-year deal), Antonius Cleveland (from Illawarra, 2-year deal), Robert Franks (from Brisbane, 2-year deal)

Free agents: Cam Bairstow (non-restricted), Tad Dufelmeier (non-restricted), Zac Gattorna (development player), Dusty Hannahs (restricted), Isaac Humphries (non-restricted), Manny Malou (non-restricted), Lachlan Olbrich (development player), Todd Withers (Restricted)

Departures:

BRISBANE BULLETS

Contracted: Jason Cadee, Tyrell Harrison, Nathan Sobey, Tom Digbeu (Next Star), Kody Stattmann (new, 1-year deal), Harry Froling (from Illawarra, 1-year deal), DJ Mitchell (new, 2-year deal, second year club option), Tanner Krebs (re-signed, 1-year deal), Lual Diing (development player, 2-year deal, second year club option)

Free agents: Chuanxing Liu (development player – special restricted), Max Mackinnon (development player), Isaiah Moss (restricted), Lamar Patterson (restricted), Harry Rouhliadeff (Covid replacement), Jack Salt (non-restricted), Taane Samuel (development player), Tamuri Wigness (non-restricted)

Departures: Anthony Drmic (Adelaide), Deng Deng (Illawarra), Robert Franks (Adelaide)

CAIRNS TAIPANS

Contracted: Majok Deng, Mirko Djeric, Bul Kuol, Keanu Pinder, Tahjere McCall (re-signed, 2-year deal), Sam Waardenburg (new, 2-year deal), Jonah Antonio (new, 2-year deal)

Free agents: Ben Ayre (replacement player – non-restricted), Robbie Heath (replacement player – non-restricted), Brayden Inger (development player), Nate Jawai (non-restricted), Jarrod Kenny (non-restricted), Marshall Nelson (replacement player – non-restricted), Jordan Ngatai (non-restricted), Stephen Zimmerman (restricted)

Departures: Scott Machado (not returning), Kouat Noi (Sydney)

ILLAWARRA HAWKS

Contracted: Sam Froling, Akoldah Gak, Dan Grida, Tyler Harvey, Alex Mudronja, Wani Swaka Lo Buluk (from Kings, 2-year deal), Deng Deng (from Brisbane, 1-year deal)

Free agents: Tim Coenraad (replacement player – non-restricted), Lachlan Dent (development player), Emmett Naar (non-restricted), AJ Ogilvy (non-restricted), Xavier Rathan-Mayes (restricted), Duop Reath (non-restricted), Isaac White (non-restricted)

Departures: Harry Froling (Brisbane), Antonius Cleveland (Adelaide)

MELBOURNE UNITED

Contracted: Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Shea Ili, Brad Newley, David Okwera, Mason Peatling, Jack White, Zac Triplett (development player), Ariel Hukporti (Next Star), Makuach Maluach (new, 1-year deal)

Free agents: David Barlow (non-restricted), Callum Dalton (non-restricted), Dion Prewster (non-restricted)

Departures: Caleb Agada (not retained), Yudai Baba (not retained), Will Hickey (second-year option declined by club), Jo Lual-Acuil Jr (signed overseas)

NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS

Contracted: Tom Abercrombie, Rob Loe, Sam Timmins (development player), Will McDowell-White (re-signed, 1-year deal), Tom Vodanovich (from Sydney, 2-year deal), Cam Gliddon (from South East Melbourne, 2-year deal), Rayan Rupert (new, Next Star), Izayah Le‘Afa (from South East Melbourne, 2-year deal), Dererk Pardon (new, 1-year deal)

Free agents: Rasmus Bach (non-restricted), Isaac Davidson (non-restricted), Finn Delany (non-restricted), Geremy McKay (Covid replacement), Chasson Randle (restricted), Sam Short (replacement player – non-restricted), Peyton Siva (restricted)

Departures: Kyrin Galloway (Adelaide), Hugo Besson (nominated for NBA draft), Ousmane Dieng (nominated for NBA draft), Jeremiah Martin (released mid-season), Princepal Singh (released), Yanni Wetzell (released)

PERTH WILDCATS

Contracted: Bryce Cotton, Majok Majok, Mitch Norton, Corey Shervill (development player), Luke Travers, Oliver Hayes-Brown (development player), Kyle Zunic (full roster, 2-year deal), Todd Blanchfield (re-signed, 3-year deal), Jesse Wagstaff (re-signed, 1-year deal), Corey Webster (new, 2-year deal)

Free agents: Mitchell Clarke (development player), Michael Frazier II (restricted), Matt Hodgson (non-restricted), Vic Law (restricted), Jack Purchase (non-restricted), Kevin White (non-restricted)

Departures:

SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE PHOENIX

Contracted: Kyle Adnam, Ryan Broekhoff, Mitch Creek, Dane Pineau, Reuben Te Rangi, Junior Madut (new, 2-year deal, second year club option), Gary Browne (new, 1-year deal)

Free agents: Brandon Ashley (restricted), Lachlan Barker (replacement – non-restricted), Tristan Forsyth (development player), Owen Foxwell (development player), Zhou Qi (special restricted), Koen Sapwell (development player), Tohi Smith-Milner (non-restricted)

Departures: Adam Gibson (retired), Cam Gliddon (New Zealand), Izayah Le’afa (requested release from second-year of deal), Xavier Munford (not retained)

Sydney Kings star guard Jaylen Adams is one of the NBL’s biggest free agents this off-season. Picture: Getty Images
Sydney Kings star guard Jaylen Adams is one of the NBL’s biggest free agents this off-season. Picture: Getty Images

SYDNEY KINGS

Contracted: Biwali Bayles (Indigenous player rule), Jaylin Galloway (development player), Angus Glover, Jordan Hunter, Makur Maker (Next Star), Shaun Bruce (re-signed, 2-year deal), Dejan Vasiljevic (re-signed, 3-year deal, third year mutual option), Kouat Noi (Cairns Taipans, 2-year deal, second-year team option), Xavier Cooks (re-signed, 3-year deal), Anyiarbany ‘Jackson’ Makoi (2-year deal, first-year development player, second-year team option)

Free agents: Jaylen Adams (restricted), Ian Clark (replacement – restricted), Jayden Hodgson (development player), RJ Hunter (released – restricted), Matur Maker (non-restricted), Jarell Martin (restricted), Iggy Mitchell (development player)

Departures: Wani Swaka Lo Buluk (Illawarra), Tom Vodanovich (New Zealand)

TASMANIA JACKJUMPERS

Contracted: Jarred Bairstow, Matt Kenyon, Fabijan Krslovic, Will Magnay, Sam McDaniel, Jack McVeigh, Clint Steindl, Jarrad Weeks, Sean Macdonald (development player), Josh Magette (re-signed, 1-year deal), Rashard Kelly (new, 1-year deal)

Free agents:

Departures: Sejr Deans (US college), Jock Perry (not retained), MiKyle McIntosh (not retained), Josh Adams (not returning)

Webster’s promise to Wildcats after 2017 infamy

Perth’s latest signing might have a little work to do to win over the Red Army.

It’s the second time the Wildcats have signed Kiwi scoring machine Corey Webster — back in 2017, he put pen to paper, before asking for a release to chase a deal overseas.

But, after locking in a two-year deal, he has promised there won’t be a repeat.

“I’ve had a couple of run-ins with Perth fans in the past, but it’s all for the love of basketball,” Webster said.

“I’m not thinking about the past.

“I’m just excited for this opportunity, grateful to be recruited by a club like Perth.

Corey Webster’s had his run-ins with the Wildcats, but he’ll form a deadly back-court partnership with the NBL’s best player Bryce Cotton. Picture: AAP
Corey Webster’s had his run-ins with the Wildcats, but he’ll form a deadly back-court partnership with the NBL’s best player Bryce Cotton. Picture: AAP

“I’m ready to get started. I’m really excited for this. I think it’s gonna be a great two seasons.

“Hopefully my game can speak for itself, and the fans start to embrace me a little bit.”

You’ll forgive the fans for being a little sceptical.

At 33, though, the overseas market may have contracted slightly for the gun veteran guard who has lit it up for the New Zealand Breakers, winning three NBL titles in a decorated career.

***New Zealand’s roster build is nearing completion with the signing of import Dererk Pardon — no, that’s not a typo.

The 207cm big man has a ridiculous 222cm wingspan, so expect plenty of rebounding and shotblocking, coupled with powerful finishing, especially in pick and roll situations.

“Dererk was our number one target heading into the off-season,” Breakers coach Mody Maor said.

“His special physical gifts, coupled with a sharp basketball mind and a real competitive fire, excite me about our defensive potential.

“We believe he fits perfectly in the team we are trying to build both as a person and as a player.

Pardon, last season, averaged 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in Israel. The 25-year-old has signed a one-year deal and is expected to arrive in Auckland in August.

He’s the first import, but 10th player signed by the Breakers, with the club set to add two more imports.

Star Bullets import Robert Franks has joined Adelaide.
Star Bullets import Robert Franks has joined Adelaide.

Adelaide Franks title chances

Adelaide has emerged as a serious NBL contender with star big man Robert Franks putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal.

A day after enticing reigning Defensive Player of the Year Antonius Cleveland away from Illawarra, the 36ers pulled off another stunning raid, with the brilliant Franks departing the Brisbane Bullets.

Quite frankly, ‘Robo’ was a monster up north in NBL22, pouring in 18.2 points per game — good enough for fifth in the league — while finishing fourth in rebounds at 8.93 per contest. A threat from anywhere on the floor, the 25-year-old shot almost 50 per cent from the field and nearly 40 per cent from deep.

Sixers coach CJ Bruton said the former Orlando Magic NBA forward would give his side the versatility if lacked in NBL22.

“Robert is the type of player our team needs,” Bruton said.

“He will bring a unique skillset and versatility, which is something we’ve been looking to add to our roster.

“We are very excited to have Robert on board and, after speaking to him recently, he’s ready to get down to Adelaide and take the next step.”

The Washington native only played in two of the Bullets’ four meetings with the Sixers last season but, with 17 points and 12 boards and 15 and 5 in a pair of wins, he made an impression on Adelaide boss Nic Barbato.

“We witnessed, first hand, Robert’s talent last season and we are thrilled to have him join our club”, Barbato said.

Franks and Cleveland are major upgrades on departing imports Dusty Hannahs and Todd Withers and there could be more to come, amid rumours of a courtship with silent assassin Xavier Munford, who, last season, impressed with South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Even without Munford, adding Franks and Cleveland to a line-up of captain Mitch McCarron, emergent guard Sunday Dech, unique next star Kai Sotto and old reliable Daniel Johnson would be enough to take it to any team in the NBL — if they mesh.

Mix in the return of former Sixers’ swingman Anthony Drmic after a couple of years in Brisbane, the arrival of young forward Kyrin Galloway from New Zealand Breakers and the development of Kiwi forward Hyrum Harris and, after a difficult 2021-22 season, this squad has the makings of something special.

Jonah Antonio will join Cairns in NBL23. Picture: Icon Sportswire/Getty Images
Jonah Antonio will join Cairns in NBL23. Picture: Icon Sportswire/Getty Images

***Hot on the heels of securing the prized signature of young Kiwi forward Sam Waardenburg, the Cairns Taipans have made another splash, locking in sharpshooter Jonah Antonio.

The 25-year-old has committed to the Snakes for three years, after, last season, embarking on his pro career in Czechoslovakia.

Taipans coach Adam Forde said it was the second time he had attempted to lure the former Wake Forest NCAA player to the NBL.

“I’m glad we could land him this time round,” Forde said of the Perth native.

“We went in early to secure his signature.

“An elite shooter with arguably one of the quickest releases in the league.

“There are fake gym rats, then there are guys like Jonah who just get after it. I can’t wait to see what he does for us.”

Tanner Krebs has re-upped with the Bullets. Picture: Getty Images
Tanner Krebs has re-upped with the Bullets. Picture: Getty Images

***Brisbane has re-signed Tanner Krebs on a one-year deal.

The Tasmanian extends his pro career into a third year with the Bullets after averaging 4.5 points and 2 rebounds in NBL22.

“I’m super excited to be back at the Bullets,” Krebs said.

“I love the city of Brisbane and I can’t wait to play in front of our great fans.

“I really look forward to start building the foundations for a successful season with my teammates and coaches.

“I know how hungry the team is and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Krebs is a second-tier monster — he’s averaging 28 points and 10 rebounds in NBL1 — but the 26-year-old is yet to fulfill his potential at the elite level.

***Veteran Wildcat Jesse Wagstaff has signed on for another season with Perth. The six-time NBL champion will go again in a 14th season, making him the second-longest tenured Wildcats in history, behind the legendary Ricky Grace.

Sixers ink reigning NBL Defensive Player of the Year

It just got a hell of a lot harder to put the ball in the hoop against Adelaide after the 36ers secured the prized signature of reigning NBL Defensive Player of the Year Antonius Cleveland.

The Memphis native spent last season blowing up opposing offences in the Illawarra Hawks’ run to the semi finals, but will now call Adelaide home for the next two seasons.

In what had been a slow start to NBL free agency, the Sixers move for the former NBA man is set to add urgency as clubs clamour to lock in the best available talent.

More than just a defensive presence, the 28-year-old is among the most athletic players in the league, making him a nightmare in transition.

Coach CJ Bruton said Cleveland’s arrival signalled the Sixers’ intent to compete for the title in NBL23.

“It’s great to have Antonius as a 36er,” Bruton said.

“He’s coming off a great NBL season and is a high-quality player with an excellent basketball IQ.”

Antonius Cleveland will call Adelaide home for the next two seasons.
Antonius Cleveland will call Adelaide home for the next two seasons.

The Sixers now have two of the best wing defenders in Australia to throw at their opponents, with Cleveland set to partner with Sunday Dech in a stifling combination.

The 195cm guard averaged 14.2 points and 6.57 rebounds last season and was named in the All-NBL first team.

Club boss Nic Barbato said Cleveland’s high-flying game would quickly make him a fan favourite.

“We are extremely excited and privileged to have Antonius and his family join us at our club,” Barbato said.

“He is the type of exciting and highly-skilled player our fans will enjoy watching.”

The Sixers endured a tough NBL22 but finished brightly, winning three of their last four games and having a hand in shaping the top four with wins over Perth and eventual champions Sydney.

With neither of Dusty Hannahs or Todd Withers set to return, the club still has two import spots to fill alongside Cleveland, Aussie guns Mitch McCarron and Daniel Johnson and intriguing Next Star Kai Sotto.

***The Cairns Taipans have added a US college-leaver in Kiwi Sam Waardenburg, who arrives on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old is a versatile 208cm forward with deep range who was part of the University of Miami squad that reached the NCAA’s Elite Eight.

A former New Zealand Breakers development player, the Auckland native averaged 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and led the team with 1.3 blocks per game, while shooting a gaudy 46 per cent from the three-point line.

New Cairns big man is a deadeye from deep. Picture: Getty Images
New Cairns big man is a deadeye from deep. Picture: Getty Images
And he can get up, too. Picture: Getty Images
And he can get up, too. Picture: Getty Images

The Taipans warded off a number of other clubs to ink the highly-coveted Waardenberg, coach Adam Forde a long-time watcher.

“Sam was a top priority for us this off-season, as he was for many other teams,” Forde said.

“We started early on Sam with an aggressive pitch as we wanted to paint a picture of how he could complement our team moving forward.

“Everyone knows what he is capable of, and how high his ceiling is.

‘We are happy that Sam made his final decision to play here, and we can’t wait to provide him with the platform to showcase his talents.”

Izayah Le’Afa and Cameron Gliddon won’t return to the Phoenix in NBL23. Picture: Getty Images
Izayah Le’Afa and Cameron Gliddon won’t return to the Phoenix in NBL23. Picture: Getty Images

‘Nix give Kiwi way out

Dynamic South East Melbourne defender Izayah Le’Afa has been granted a release from the final year of his contract at the Phoenix.

The 25-year-old Kiwi guard spent the past two seasons at the Phoenix, the first as a development player, before, last season, winning a full roster spot and a two-year deal.

He has signed a new two-year deal with New Zealand

The Breakers have been targeting New Zealand-born players under new coach Mody Maor, with King Tom Vodanovich, Tom Abercrombie, Rob Loe, Sam Timmins and Dan Fotu already locked in to NBL23.

The Kiwis have also secured sharpshooter Cam Gliddon from the Phoenix on a two-year deal.

‘Glizzo’ is one of the NBL’s nice guys, having spent the past two seasons at the Phoenix, following stints in Cairns, then Brisbane, winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal with the Boomers along the way.

The deadeye marksman’s NBL22 campaign was cruelled by injury, Covid and illness.

Add French teen Rayan Rupert and the Breakers have almost filled their roster.

A prospective NBA first-round pick in 2023, the 18-year-old follows in the footsteps of compatriots Ousmane Dieng and Hugo Besson, who have both nominated for thie year’s draft.

Jackies jump on their grand final jet

Dime-dropping Alabama native Josh Magette will return to the grand finalist Tasmania for another year.

The JackJumpers have locked away the 32-year-old point guard for NBL23 following a season where he handed out 5.89 assists per night — second in the league — on the way to leading his side to the brink of a championship.

Josh Magette will return to the JackJumpers for NBL23. Picture: Chris Kidd
Josh Magette will return to the JackJumpers for NBL23. Picture: Chris Kidd

“I’m so excited to be coming back to Tassie for another season,” Magette said.

“We could not have enjoyed last season more.

“The fans were just incredible and I’m excited to continue building on the foundations we have laid with a great group of guys.”

It means the JackJumpers have locked away their grand final core, save for star import guard Josh Adams.

A fourth Magette is on the way, with wife Christina and daughter Josephine expecting a new addition to the family in December.

“It’s really special to be having the baby in Tasmania,” Magette said.

“The whole club is so family-orientated, and we feel really well supported by everyone by all the staff and other young families.

“We’re hoping some of our family will be able to visit from the US around the time the baby is due and meet everyone here.

“The bub is definitely going to be a mini JackJumper from the very start.”

***Brisbane has inked son-of-a-gun DJ Mitchell to a two-year deal.

Melbourne-born Mitchell will join the club his father, star import Mike, played for in the 1990s.

The 203cm forward played college ball for Wake Forest and Santa Clara and spent his first year as a pro in The Netherlands’ BNXT League.

“It’s exciting to have someone of DJ’s pedigree join the Bullets,” Bullets’ general manager of basketball Sam Mackinnon said.

Machado says goodbye to Snakes

The Cairns Taipans will be all Tahjere McCall’s after star guard Scott Machado announced he would not be back in NBL23.

Machado has been an incredible servant of the Taipans over the past three seasons but, after an MVP-calibre effort, he was cruelled by injury in NBL22.

McCall and Machado, both ball dominant, didn’t quite work together and it will now be left to the 27-year-old US import to call the shots.

He, last week, inked a two-year deal with the Snakes after putting up 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2 steals per game in his debut NBL season.

***Tasmania has re-signed highly-regarded, but little-used development player Sean Macdonald for with an option for a contracted roster spot the following season.

Fellow DP Sejr Deans has accepted an offer with US college Jacksonville, while Jock Perry will depart. The big man has played well in the NBL1 and isn’t without a chance of securing an NBL contract elsewhere.

***Long, lean and athletic forward Deng Deng will wear a Hawks jersey again after he departed Brisbane to return to Illawarra.

Sudanese-born Deng, 30, spent NBL21 with the Hawks. At 203cms, he adds versatility to the Hawks big man set up.

New Illawarra coach Jacob Jackomas said Deng was one of his main targets for acquisition.

“We viewed him as the best versatile power forward available,” Jackomas said.

“Two of the main reasons we wanted him were his recent improvement as a player, especially as a shooter, and defensive character.

“Then on defence, he already knows our system and plays hard on that end of the floor.”

Bullets bring back polarising big man

From Townsville to Adelaide to Brisbane to Illawarra and now back to the Bullets, Harry Froling is ready to get some rays again.

The 211cm Townsville-born big man is just 24 but makes a fourth move after an NBL finals run with the Illawarra Hawks.

Consistency and fitness has been a big factor for Froling throughout his career, producing a mix of sublime outbursts with less auspicious performances. The signing has drawn a polarising response from Bullets fans on social media, leaving Froling with plenty to prove on his one-year deal.

“I’m super excited to get back to Brisbane,” Froling said.

“I’ve got some great friends and family there and I can’t wait to help build something special and hopefully contribute to the Bullets becoming a consistent, title contending organisation.”

Harry Froling returns to the Bullets after one year at Illawarra. Picture: Getty Images
Harry Froling returns to the Bullets after one year at Illawarra. Picture: Getty Images

***The Bullets have been busy, already inking star Nate Sobey to a long-term deal and now bring in Kody Stattmann for next season.

The Virginia Cavaliers man, 21, won a national championship and is a junior Aussie representative who will take time to develop under coach James Duncan. At 200cm, though, he brings height to the guard position.

Duncan said the youngster was “hungry to get to work and start his new chapter” with the Bullets.

Kody Stattmann spent four years at the Virginia Cavaliers. Picture: Getty Images/AFP
Kody Stattmann spent four years at the Virginia Cavaliers. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

***The Bullets bid farewell to sharpshooter Anthony Drmic, who has also had a homecoming of sorts, signing a two-year deal to return to Adelaide.

Drmic, 30, is deadly from deep and showed improvement off the dribble in NBL22. He won the NBL rookie of the year award in his 2016 debut season with the 36ers.

“There are a couple of guys over there that I already know, and the club is familiar. I like what (coach) CJ (Bruton) has been doing and I’m excited to get back to Adelaide, meet the new faces, and to get ready for NBL23”, Drmic said.

Bruton will be a new face to Drmic, who has spent the past two years in Brisbane.

“Anthony always brings the energy both on and off the court. I am very happy to see him back at this club and can’t wait to see what he brings; his leadership and guidance will be important for our team,” Bruton said.

Anthony Drmic is taking his talents back to Adelaide. Picture: Sarah Reed
Anthony Drmic is taking his talents back to Adelaide. Picture: Sarah Reed

***The Sixers have also added the potential of 22-year-old former Breakers’ power forward Kyrin Galloway for the next two seasons.

The 203cm big hails from Hawaii and had some impressive, if brief spurts during the Breakers’ season from hell.

“Kyrin is a thrilling player to watch. He’s young, talented and brings an exciting combination of athleticism and shooting ability to the team,” Bruton said.

Soaring Kyrin Galloway in action for the Breakers last season. Picture: Getty Images
Soaring Kyrin Galloway in action for the Breakers last season. Picture: Getty Images

***Perth has re-upped forward Todd Blanchfield on a three-year deal and elevated guard Kyle Zunic from development player to a full roster spot for the next two years.

***Will McDowell-White rejected approaches from at least three rival NBL clubs before committing to another season with the New Zealand Breakers.

The son of Brisbane Lions triple premiership star Darryl White, McDowell-White is a young star on the rise in basketball circles who was once under a two-way contract with NBA’s Houston Rockets.

Scott Roth has re-signed with the JackJumpers. Picture: Nikki Davis-Jones
Scott Roth has re-signed with the JackJumpers. Picture: Nikki Davis-Jones

Tassie locks in coach on long-term deal

Tasmania JackJumpers coach Scott Roth has allayed fears he would leave after his Cinderella season with the NBL debutants, signing a new three-year contract extension at the club.

There had been concerns Roth would return to the US after his stunning year where he led the JackJumpers to the grand final playoffs in their maiden season, but he has now agreed to terms on a deal that will take him through until the end of 2024/25 with a mutual option to go a further year.

“Scott has built an incredible foundation that has unified not only a great group of guys, but the entire state in supporting the club in its infancy” CEO Simon Brookhouse said.

“On behalf of the entire club – players, coaching staff, front office, partners and members – we are really pleased to secure Scott’s signature and have him at the helm for the next three seasons.

“It gives us stability as we move into year two and beyond, with the majority of our playing squad also locked in.”

The JackJumpers are hoping to lock in finals star Josh Adams. Picture: Getty Images
The JackJumpers are hoping to lock in finals star Josh Adams. Picture: Getty Images

Roth will tour schools and community clubs in the next few weeks before heading home to visit his family in the US.

“We know that Scott absolutely loves living here in Tasmania and wants to continue to build on what has been created in this incredible first season,” Brookhouse said.

“Scott is a huge advocate for our commitment to making basketball the number one sport in Tasmania by 2024. We believe the impact of the JackJumpers and our connection with the community can continue foster that”.

The JackJumpers will hold their club MVP awards at the Elwick Function Centre on Saturday night.

Operation: Get Thon

Former NBA and Boomers forward Thon Maker has emerged as a sought-after free agency target, with multiple NBL teams hunting his signature.

Maker, who most recently played for the Long Island Nets in the NBA’s G League, would be a valuable addition to any team given his length and athleticism.

The 25-year-old was on the NBL’s radar this season after leaving Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem in December last year.

However, a deal in Australia never eventuated as he secured a G League contract with the Long Island Nets in late January.

Former NBA and Boomers forward Thon Maker has emerged as a sought-after free agency target. Picture: Getty Images/AFP
Former NBA and Boomers forward Thon Maker has emerged as a sought-after free agency target. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

This hasn’t stopped keen NBL clubs from reaffirming their interest in Maker to become a marquee signing.

The big man who has played 279 NBA games joins a star-studded list of NBL free agents up for grabs from Friday at 9am AEST, when free agency opens.

Superstar imports including Sydney Kings MVP guard Jaylen Adams, JackJumpers star Josh Adams, Illawarra defensive beast Antonius Cleveland, and Wildcats gun Vic Law are all off contract.

Thon Maker during his NBA days with the Detroit Pistons. Picture: Getty Images/AFP
Thon Maker during his NBA days with the Detroit Pistons. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

A strong contingent of local players are also available including United big man Jo Lual-Acuil Jr, Hawks and Boomers centre Duop Reath and Kings swingman Xavier Cooks.

Teams will still have three imports next season, with 11 contracted players per roster. NBL Next Stars will not count towards the 11 contracted players.

Originally published as NBL free agency: Who is staying, who is coming and who is on the move at every club in 2022

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