Can Perth replace Norton with an Import?
On a quick reading of the rules, this is not clear to me.
Rule 3.1 states "An NBL Club shall not register a new Player if it has played equal to or more than 75% of its Regular Season games."
That would clearly prevent them replacing a player under normal circumstances.
(However it is also worth noting that a club can "request to register a Player outside of this deadline in exceptional circumstances.")
Rule 9.3 states "Subject to the requirements of Rules 9.1 and 9.2, an
NBL Club may supplement its Team Roster with a replacement Player in order to replace a Player that has been placed on injury waiver under Rule 13 for the duration of that waiver."
According to the commentary today, the news on Norton is that it is expected to be long term.
Whilst Dech has been used before it is my understanding that he is not contracted, and has been used as an Injury replacement each time. Does this mean that the 75% deadline does not apply to injury replacements?
Or was Dech in fact previously "registered"??
Rule 13.4.1 says "The NBL Club may contract (subject to meeting all
other eligibility requirements under these NBL Salary and Contracting Rules) another Player in addition to the eleven(11)Players on the Team Roster until the waivered Player returns to active service on the Team Roster"
It doesn't specifically address whether you can change the injury replacement. Simply says that whilst a player is on injury waiver, you're allowed to have "another player."