Australian NBL Wiretap

NBL Down To Just Six Teams

Mar 12, 2015 2:09 PM

The National Basketball League of Australia and New Zealand is down to just six teams.

Townsville and Wollongong have each entered into voluntary administration.

Andrew Gaze, speaking on his SEN Radio show ‘Morning Glory’ on Wednesday morning, said the NBL should close its league and only relaunch it when it's ready.

“I have never held this view at all throughout this challenging phase of the NBL, but I have reached a position where I think they are better off regrouping and shutting it down,” Gaze said.

“Even if these two teams (Wollongong and Townsville) somehow find a way to get through administration, nothing is going to change significantly to turn around their plight because it is a slow burn.

“So shut it down, regroup and get the right model because the model is broken.”

Nick Smart/Herald Sun

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Josh Childress Considering Signing With Sydney Kings

Aug 12, 2014 10:55 AM

Josh Childress is considering playing in Australia this season for the Sydney Kings.

Childress was amnestied after the 11-12 season by the Phoenix Suns and is owed $7.3 million.

Childress hasn't played in the NBA since December.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

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Heat Poised To Infuse Young Talent In Offseason With James Ennis

Jun 13, 2014 9:52 PM

MIAMI As these NBA Finals elevate urgency for an infuse of youthful talent, the Miami Heat are extremely pleased with the development of their 2013 draft acquisition forward James Ennis and there's an increasingly strong likelihood the franchise will sign him, multiple league sources told RealGM.

After an MVP-caliber season in Australia's National Basketball League, Ennis spent the past week working out for the Heat front office in Miami. Ennis, 23, will headline the Heat's Summer League rosters in Orlando and Las Vegas.

The Heat acquired Ennis from the Atlanta Hawks, who selected him with the No. 50 pick. The potential signing of Ennis would likely be a multi-year deal, sources said.

Despite an impressive summer league from Ennis last July, the Heat decided to fill the bench with veteran players and worked closely with Ennis to place him in a viable overseas league. Ennis compiled a title and earned first-team honors with Perth of the NBL, where Miami's management closely monitored the 6-foot-7 forward. He averaged 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, two assists and 46.6 percent shooting from the field in the Australian league, and he then scored 16.6 points and grabbed 8.3 rebounds per game in 12 appearances for a Puerto Rican club.

Ennis completed his collegiate career at Long Beach State and solidified himself as an NBA prospect during a progressive senior season.

The Heat trail 3-1 in the Finals, lacking fresh depth on the bench in the closing stretch of a fourth straight championship appearance.

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Mickell Gladness Signs In Australia With Crocs

Jun 13, 2014 1:42 PM

Mickell Gladness has signed with the Townsville Crocodiles of the Australian NBL for the 14-15 season.

Gladness played in the D-League last season with the Reno Bighorns, averaging 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

“We think Mickell is a perfect fit for us. Speaking to a lot of the guys who know him around the NBA, he is spoken of very highly. He is from a small town, a small market and that is the type of environment he is joining. We wanted someone who could fit into our community environment and team culture and Mickell ticks all those boxes,” Crocodiles coach Shawn Dennis said.

“We did a robust evaluation of Mickell and we’re very happy to be bringing him to our club. I know we have locked him in quite early in the off-season but sometimes when the right guy comes along it just makes sense to secure the deal and start building towards the season ahead.”

RealGM Staff Report

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