Bryce Cotton, the reigning NBL MVP and Grand Final MVP, opted out of his contract with the Perth Wildcats.
Cotton, whose over-$200,000 salary would have been cut in half, cited the effects of recent salary-cutting measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Due to unforeseen circumstances that have unfolded which none of us could've predicted, it is in me and my family's best interest to opt out of my contract. Regardless, I'll always be a Wildcat at heart in my eyes and I hope you all feel the same way. "I had so much fun here and hope you all enjoyed these past 3 1/2 seasons as much as I did," released Cotton in a statement.
The 27-year-old Cotton averaged 22.9 points per game last season.
Other players earning over $200,000, including Casper Ware, are also considering opting out of their current deals.