36ers-Creek injunction lifted
Australian Basketballers Association (ABA) has welcomed an agreement between Mitch Creek and the Adelaide 36ers, which will allow him to pursue a contract in the NBA.
The ABA, representing basketball player Mitch Creek, and the Adelaide 36ers Basketball Club have resolved the impasse over an interim injunction obtained by the 36ers through the Supreme Court of South Australia earlier this week.
The injunction established by the 36ers prevented Creek from signing with another team until Monday next week, which could have jeopardised Creek's proposed move to the Brooklyn Nets.
Through negotiations conducted between the ABA, Creek’s representatives, and the Adelaide 36ers, an agreement with the Adelaide club has now been reached and the injunction lifted.
Following the resolution, ABA CEO, Jacob Holmes, expressed concern and disappointment over the actions of the 36ers.Statement from ABA
"We had significant concerns around the implications this unacceptable behaviour could have had on Mitch’s pursuit of a professional contract in the world’s biggest basketball league.
“The Board of the ABA are absolutely united in the best interests of our player members on all occasions. We are very pleased that we were able to address this matter, expedite negotiations and resolve it as quickly as possible, providing Mitch with the opportunity to pursue his dreams and a potential contract overseas.
“What was of particular concern was that Mitch was not advised by Adelaide prior to the application of the injunction." said Mr Holmes. “Like any professional player, Mitch deserves the opportunity and respect to secure a contract without impediment.”
I understand there was pressure from BA as well as the ABA to get it sorted out.
The 36ers tweeted, I think their first statement on Twitter regarding Creek heading to Brooklyn? Bit sad after the years of service.
We are pleased to advise that terms for Mitch Creek’s release to the Brooklyn Nets, have now been agreed upon.Statement:
We wish Mitch all the best, in his NBA journey.
The Adelaide 36ers are pleased to advise that terms for Mitch Creek’s release to the Brooklyn Nets have now been agreed.Statement source
The club has loved being a part of Mitch’s journey over the last eight years and is thrilled to have played a role in the opportunity Mitch has worked so hard for and thoroughly deserves.
On behalf of the entire Adelaide 36ers Family, we wish Mitch every success in the NBA and look forward to watching his progress.