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White and Dillon 'bound for Adelaide'


IT appears someone at Adelaide 36ers remembered this is free agent season and reached out to guards Kevin White (Illawarra Hawks) and Daniel Dillon (ex-Cairns Taipans/Melbourne Tigers) who now look likely to continue their NBL careers in the city of churches.

They're both decent players for sure, but if that isn't underwhelming news for 36ers fans waiting to hear something big such as, for example, Cam Bairstow and Nathan Jawai joining Daniel Johnson in the frontcourt, then it's hard to know what would be.

You would suspect, with Harry Froling declaring for the NBA draft and now most likely only temporarily on Adelaide's "signed players" list, chasing two free agent Aussie 'bigs' should have been a priority. 

Both Bairstow and Jawai are - no, sorry, WERE - available and would thrive in Joey Wright's regime while trying to rebuild their careers for shots at spots on the Boomers' World Cup and Olympic teams.

But Jawai is running the hardwood for Levallois Metropolitans in France and Bairstow's name also only has come up in wishful thinking conversations between Sixers fans when they're apparently not wrestling each other for priority seating at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Wright long has been a fan of Dillon's game but the guard is now 33 and mostly has played overseas since leaving the Tigers in 2012.

Dillon was a big part of Cairns' first Grand Final Series against NZ Breakers in 2011 before crossing to the Tigers.

The Adelaide mentor also is known to like the feisty nature of White's game, watching as the former Hawk irritated 36ers point guard Jerome Randle into error during the 2016-17 NBL season and semi finals.

White, who captained the Hawks last season, also is 32 now.

NBL writer Liam Santamaria is the latest to make the White-Dillon connection to Adelaide where Wright, who has been holidaying in South America, also is know to quietly covet the locker-room influence Hawks veteran free agent David Andersen potentially could bring.

Froling's likely absence would not have helped any moves to sign his brother Sam, who will be in Illawarra Hawks' colours in 2019-20.

May 5

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