"Australian players are not imports unless they average more 7 minutes a game,"
"Southland last year had Pledger, Te Rangi, Weeks and two decent imports. Nelson had Vukona, Delany, Heiur, Adnam and a quality import big."
I'm familiar with the SBL rules, and imagine most minor leagues have similar, if a player averges more than 25% game time in the NBL he's treated as restricted (subject to a few exceptions) and you can have him or an import, to a maximum of 2.
Last I heard, the NZNBL has no such rule. If you are eligible to play for NZ, then you're not restricted.
So the question has got to be what concessions if any have they given the Huskies to enable them to sign Australians on a similar basis.
The problem for the NZNBL is obvious. They treat Australians as imports because they don't want us (with our much larger population) filling up their league. In offering any concession to the Huskies, the problem is magnified. Last thing they want to see is an NBL-Boomers team playing in their league.
The 7.5 minute rule given to the Huskies is an interesting compromise.
All teams can now have 3 imports or restricted players, so whilst their starting 5 will probably not match the best, they should be able to field some great depth.
Froling was possibly an early announcement? Before his minutes went up?
You would think that NBL teams would be eager to get their young developing players into the NZNBL via the Huskies.