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Will is away, to NBA ... now

BRISBANE Bullets' burgeoning big-man Will Magnay will NOT be playing in the NBL this season, heading shortly to Orlando and Disneyworld to play NBA with, most likely, Dallas Mavericks.

Having sparked major interest from The Show, Magnay, 22 and 208cm, also is being pursued by the Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors but I believe he has a concrete offer from the Mavs.

That doesn't guarantee he will sign there but trust this - he will be heading over the Pacific sooner than later.

Aware "The Magnate" will be flying out as soon as the NBA gives the all-clear to resume its season at Disneyworld, the Bullets have signed free agent Harry Froling and also will add a second Adelaide 36ers free agent in Anthony Drmic.

With Cam Gliddon today released from the final year of his NBL contract in Brisbane, Drmic immediately will fill the breach, rejoining other former 36ers in Jason Cadee, Matt Hodgson, Nathan Sobey and now Froling.

Magnay enjoyed a break-out season with the Bullets, impressing at both ends of the floor while averaging 8.1 points at 49 per cent, 6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.2 blocks in 22 minutes of action per game.

He has the size, skill and athleticism NBA teams dearly covet. Plus he only just turned 22, the age of seniors leaving college. It makes him potentially a perfect fit.

In other news, inaugural NBL club Illawarra Hawks has new ownership of a syndicate comprising Australian entrepreneur and former co-owner of the Sydney Kings, Dorry Kordahi, prominent former NBA executive Bryan Colangelo and US businessman and basketball influencer Michael Proctor.

The revamped club will drop the "Illawarra" from its name and go as the Hawks, still playing games in Wollongong but also in Canberra and Newcastle.

While diehard Illawarra fans are up-in-arms over losing that name, truth is the club is semi-regularly on the edge of financial oblivion with insufficient funding to keep it sustainable in Wollongong alone.

If it could, the new move would not be necessary.

As for fears the club may lose its identity, the reasonably recent AFL example of North Melbourne playing for several years as "the Kangaroos" while adding fixtures in Tasmania in Queensland, suggests otherwise.

Jun 17

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