NBL considering third import for Singapore
According to an article in The West by Ross Lewis - Singapore plight may trigger rule change - the NBL may be considering reintroducing the third import rule which allowed struggling teams a third import.
The Singapore Slingers are on a bit of a knife's edge with the NBL right now, running behind on payments. The ownership group hasn't been recruiting while they've been trying to sort out the financial side and, even if they can get that in order within three weeks, they'll find it tough to lure a competitive group of players abroad - the majority of quality Australian talent is now contracted including all but one of the players who were with Singapore last season.
"One thing my office is playing with is whether or not we bring back the third import rule," Burton said. "That move would have to have a condition attached.I have no idea why Singapore weren't granted this concession in the first place! Hell, allow them either two US/Euros and an Asian, or one US/Euro and three Asians even - whatever builds the sport.
"If we were to allow a third import, it would have to be an Asian, it couldn't be a North American or European.
"My job is to protect the interests of the game and Australian players first and foremost."
There are some quality Chinese players coming through right now including a couple making a few NBA draft lists.