After the demise of the Gold Coast Blaze last night, former Blaze players are waking up today looking for new jobs on a NBL roster.
One of the players (and former Wollongong Hawk) Anthony Petrie, is now one of the hottest free agents on the market. And according to Tim Keeble of the Illawarra Mercury could make a return to Wollongong soon.
Hawks GM Mili Simic spoke to Tim yesterday before the news broke about the Blaze leaving the NBL:
We have had approaches from agents regarding potential moves down this way, but as a club, Gordie is highly respectful of [Blaze coach] Joey [Wright] and what’s happening with the guys up there.
If a player like Anthony Petrie is available it’d certainly be an option Gordie would look at
Petrie also talked to the Mercury about the Hawks:
I loved that club [Wollongong] and the  move to the Gold Coast was a family decision. The Hawks are also a club you could play your career out at.
Anthony Petrie player point rating is currently at 8 points. It is unknown whether the NBL will reduce Blaze players points to make it easier for them to sign with another club. But it looks unlikely.
The Hawks currently have the least player points committed with just 28 out of a possible 70 points. But with players like Saville, Gruber & Jackson expected to re-sign with the club, it might be tight to also fit Petrie + 2 imports if his player points are kept at 8.
Other Blaze players currently in talks with other NBL clubs are: Adam Gibson & Chris Goulding. Daniel Dillon committed to the team but before last nights announcement had already been in talks with another team. An announcement about his next home should be announced soon.
Mark Worthington will be playing overseas.