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History for 36ers with Creek NBA-bound

ADELAIDE 36ers are ecstatic former captain and current club MVP Mitch Creek is on the brink of an NBA deal with Brooklyn Nets, making them the first NBL club to send players to The Show in consecutive seasons.

The Sixers last year saw "one-and-done" import Terrance Ferguson drafted and winning an NBA roster spot with Oklahoma City Thunder, after a season in which Creek captained Adelaide to the regular season championship.

Now Creek, after an exciting performance with Dallas Mavericks at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, is set to be announced as joining Brooklyn at veterans camp with the likelihood he will win a two-way contract – a la Torrey Craig of Brisbane last year at Denver Nuggets – meaning sharing a role at the Nets’ G-League affiliate, Long Island Nets.

Long Island Nets are coached by Andrej Lemanis’ Boomers assistant coach Will Weaver and also have former Sydney Kings coach Damian Cotter on their coaching staff.

It is a great potential environment for the 196cm swingman.

The 36ers believe they are entitled to compensation from the Nets – call it a clearance fee or a transfer fee – and once that issue is resolved, Creek potentially would become the 11th Australian in the NBA in 2018-19.

No NBL club has sent a player to the NBA in consecutive seasons before, reinforcing that the 36ers program – which this season recruited Harry Froling and Jack McVeigh who have NBA ambitions – is the premier one for jumping into The Show.

“We are thrilled and delighted for Mitch that he’s a step closer to realising a dream of playing in the US,” 36ers chief executive officer Ben Kavenagh said today.

“We are doing our due diligence by working through the detail of the move to determine if our club is entitled to any appropriate transfer fee.

“That process is underway.”

Brooklyn Nets intend to make an announcement next week in relation to Creek’s status with them, no-one in the Boomers star’s camp available for comment until that time.

Creek, 26 and an athletic, versatile guard/forward, was named the 36ers' MVP for 2017-18 and also was the Fans Choice league MVP after a stellar season.

He also was outstanding for Australia as it won the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup and in the Boomers early FIBA World Cup Asian qualifying matches.

The "cat was out of the bag" when Germany’s s.Oliver Würzburg announced yesterday on Twitter that Creek had exercised his NBA out clause and Australian forward Xavier Cooks, son of former SEABL great and NBL star Eric, would replace him.

Creek agreed to play with the German club instead of exercising his player option to continue with the 36ers in 2018-19.

Jul 28

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