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Stuff I've heard lately

BEEN a little busy working on a couple of major projects but I've heard some stuff which I'm happy to pass along, the biggest news being Bryce Cotton's likely return to Perth as told in a story today from Rome by Emiliano Carchia.

Of course Perth media is all over it now, Cotton indicating his stance re an NBL return was softening a week and a half ago, as reported then by 10 News.

Matt Hodgson already did an about-face at Brisbane so not as many big names are being lost as was first feared. And Hodgy may be being joined by another former Sixer in Anthony Drmic in Bulletland.

Back out west and not entirely sure why Perth Lynx haven't made their big WNBL signing announcement yet but in terms of the women's comp, it is in the same ballpark as the Cotton reversal.

All Star and naturalised Opals FIBA World Cup shooting guard Sami Whitcomb, who has blossomed in the WNBA and Europe, will be back leading the Lynx in WNBL 2020-21.

The big whisper is that Liz Cambage, Australia's current No.1 female baller, will be back in the WNBL and at Southside Flyers.

That would mean the Flyers would boast Lei Mitchell, Bec Cole, Sara Blicavs, Jenna O'Hea and Lizzie. This Opals crew may as well go back to wearing the green-and-gold and maybe call themselves Dandenong Rangers? Just a thought.

Lightning star Lauren Nicholson was likely to land at home in Sydney but don't be surprised if Canberra makes a big bid for the defensive star and 3-point specialist now Kia Nurse won't be returning.

Melbourne Boomers need a point guard ... Kristy Wallace anyone?

And Alicia Froling? Maybe she'll be showing the family spirit in Bendigo.

Free agency is sure going to be interesting. Not that any club is talking to any player right now. Heaven forbid!

Back to the NBL and the word around Adelaide is that the 36ers only will suit one import next season. With Jerome Randle tearing an ACL in February and everyone else leaving in hardly magnificent circumstances for new coach Connor Henry, expect the import to be a new face.

May 25

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