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NBA And NBL Set To Announce Partnership

SUMMER LEAGUE NBA
By Tom Read (@traread)

Sources with knowledge of the situation suggest that the NBL are set to announce a new & exciting partnership with the NBA. The opportunity will consist of the NBL staging an exposure camp for potential imports in Las Vegas during the 2014 NBA Summer League.

It is understood that every NBL team will attend the camp, sending along their coaches along with two players each.

This is an exciting step forward for the NBL in establishing closer ties with the NBA & shows just how far the league has come under the new administration.

In recent years, there has been an increase in elite ‘NBA level’ talent in the league with the likes of Patty Mills, Sam Young, James Ennis & Jonny Flynn all plying their trade in the league recently. Whilst a number of NBL teams send a delegation to NBA Summer League, the camp allows for this to be a more structured process & will also give the league a certain level of exposure over the Summer League week.

The camp should mean that the NBL will be able to get exposure to more elite imports who could feel that taking their talents Down Under may be a better opportunity, both financially & for the development of their game than playing in the D-League.

It is also understood that the NBL are in talks about using the 16 players that they will be sending over to play a number of exhibition games against NBA Summer League teams, allowing these players to showcase their talent against current NBA players, NBA Draft picks & other professional prospects.

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25 comments
Jon Guarna
Jon Guarna

Developing a direct relationship with the NBA can only be a good thing for the NBL and basketball in general. It can help get some more media coverage, more talent in the NBL, and who knows...maybe a bit more $$$ too. The NBA has been investing in national leagues in a few other countries...maybe they can invest some in the NBL? We all know they could use the $$$

Anthony Kent
Anthony Kent

I like the idea but let's be honest, Sam Young certainly didn't sell more seats at the Kingdome, did he?

Lewis Kostin
Lewis Kostin

We'll your not always going to find one that wants a multi year deal. And You can't always built a championship in a year. So sometimes import are not always good for a team

Brett Greer
Brett Greer

Of course you need a high talented import if you're going to get one. No good Owner would give an Import a job because he is flasshy. That's ridiculous!!

Lewis Kostin
Lewis Kostin

Also watching young play was awesome they didn't win but filled seat every week which is all owners care about really

Lewis Kostin
Lewis Kostin

They don't have to be high level. Anything is a higher level than the nbl. But if your going to go out and get the best import to win a champship, that's not always going to work in just a year. You may as we'll go get the freakiest most out there character you can find to make the owners lots of money and get seats in the stands if a multi deal is not what your looking for. Eg homicide was the best thing for the crocs and nbl. Made the club lots of money

Brett Greer
Brett Greer

How is there any negative here?? It's exposure for the league in the US. The summer league is full of talent. Its naive to think that players in the D-league etc dont know anything about the NBL or anything outside of the US. They have agents that would be taking phone calls from a lot of leagues around the world. there are 100's of good American players in other successful leagues. Also a talented import for only 1 year is better than shit or no imports for multiple years.

Dan D-train Milana
Dan D-train Milana

Great idea . Ennis and Young brought ALOT of excitement , highlights and publicity to the league . Imagine if the NBL had an Ennis or a Young in every team .

And The Foul.net
And The Foul.net

So are you saying the NBL should only sign imports if they're willing to sign multi year deals? That'd be almost impossible to attract high level talent.

Stu Bates
Stu Bates

Aussies getting exposed as well!

Stu Bates
Stu Bates

That's the life of an import in any basketball league in the world.

Lewis Kostin
Lewis Kostin

No some imports were. And if you import or "best player" is only staying a year wtf is the point of getting a import. In Perth's case they'll prob win so good pick up

Des Demos
Des Demos

So you expect young talent that know nothing about the NBA or basketball outside of the US to just.. Stumble across the NBL? LMAO

David Ware
David Ware

Any exposure the league can get sounds good to me.... I'm sure there are plenty of NBL level talent in the States that don't even know playing in Australia is an option.

Jay Michaels
Jay Michaels

HAHAHA. So U would say James Ennis was a waste of time?

Lewis Kostin
Lewis Kostin

As seen this year this can turn out to be the biggest waste of time money and effort for nbl teams to pick the right players to build a team around and not a quick fix

Jordana Brady
Jordana Brady

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