Sydney Kings Rumors
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the NBL has struck an agreement for the Sydney Kings, Melbourne United and the Brisbane Bullets to take on NBA teams in preseason clashes in the US in October. The Kings will clash with the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on October 3, pitting Australian internationals Kevin Lisch and Brad Newley up against fellow Boomers Joe Ingles and Dante Exum.
The Utah Jazz will be one of three NBA teams playing exhibitions against teams in Australia’s National Basketball League in October. The Salt Lake Tribune has confirmed that the Jazz will host the NBL’s Sydney Kings on Oct. 2 at the remodeled Vivint Smart Home Arena. The exhibition, which is reportedly one of three NBA-NBL games ahead of the NBA’s regular season, was first reported by The Daily Telegraph in Sydney.
The Sydney Kings have moved quickly to replace import Michael Bryson, signing NBA journeyman Steve Blake as their third import. The NBL ladder leaders released the young guard on Friday, announcing Blake as his replacement on Saturday afternoon.
A couple of weeks ago he reconnected with his former agent, Todd Ramasar, and Saturday held a private workout for the Dallas Mavericks. They supposedly remain interested, but as with everyone else, they want to see him play first. While a source close to Davis says interest also has been expressed by teams in Finland, Israel and Australia, where former Knicks teammate Al Harrington is currently playing for the Sydney Kings, going overseas would probably push a return to the NBA to next season. It also might make it difficult for him to keep up his maintenance work with Hines and Dr. Khaziran. Forging his way back through the no-frills D-League actually holds a certain appeal. He doesn’t want to come back because of who he was. He wants to make it back because of who he is.
Al Harrington has signed with the Sydney Kings to replace the injured Josh Childress on a short-term basis, league sources told FOX Sports Australia. Harrington will join the team on Thursday morning, with the expectation that he’ll suit up sometime this week; should logistics be sorted in time.