The Sydney Kings today announced that forward Brad Newley and guard Jason Cadee have both received offers from Greek A1 Basketball League (GBL) clubs.
Newley and Cadee, who have received offers from AEK Athens and Kymis B.C. respectively, have been granted permission by the Kings organisation to take on short term contracts.
Newley, 31, and Cadee, 25, have just concluded strong NBL seasons where they were integral in steering the Kings to 13 wins, the club vying for a playoff position until the final 48 hours of the regular season. The Kings had come off a six win campaign the previous year.
The explosive play of Newley was recognised at Monday night’s NBL MVP awards dinner, where he finished sixth in MVP voting while Cadee is a renowned sharp shooter, winning the NBL three point shooting contest earlier in the preseason before forming an exciting back court combination with two-time NBL MVP Kevin Lisch.
Sydney Kings Managing Director Jeff Van Groningen stated that the club is fully supportive of players continuing to improve their games provided such opportunities fit well around the team’s existing scheduling.
“We are firm believers that our players should have the chance to continue their professional development and retain their sharpness during the NBL off-season. It’s certainly no surprise to us that Brad and Jason have currency in the international market. Both players have ongoing commitments to the Sydney Kings and we look forward to them coming back to us after these short term stints are complete.”
The NBL standard of play is recognised worldwide, with many of the league’s key players expected to take part in various international competitions during the off-season. Many of the League’s younger players also compete in the SEABL competition, Waratah League, NZBL and various other state-based competitions, while others use the entire off-season to recuperate and focus on conditioning and recovery.
Cadee will conclude his Greek stint by the middle of April while it is expected Newley’s commitment in Greece will end around the end of May. Both players will return to Australia shortly thereafter.
The Kings pre-season training begins on July 31st.