john doe
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Tai Webster agrees to join Breakers for next season

According to stuff, NZ Breakers will announce his signing on Wednesday.

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Damn, if they can resign Hopson they'll be tough. Interesting to see if they can afford two imports as Tai wouldn’t come cheap after his success in Turkey.

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Breakers looking good. I feel they need an import big though. It would be great if they could get Brandon Ashley back as well as Hopson.

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New Zealand Breakers-Shamir
6'4 T.Webster/6’1 J.Weeks
6’2 C.Webster/6’6 T.Abercrombie
6’7 S.Hopson(I)/6’6 M.Darling
6’6 F.Delany/6’10 Y.Wetzell
6’9 B.Ashley(I)/6’11 R.Loe
6’6 T.Li PG
6’5 T.Murray SG
6’10 T.Wynyard C

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john doe  
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Would expect Jack Salt to sign with the Breakers. Also recent articles indicate that the Breakers are after a Next Star as well.

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Salt is injured and likely will not play.

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Considering Scotty Hopson was the de facto PG last season, Tai Webster's a big upgrade. Not exactly a shooter though.

Will be interesting to see how the team shakes out - I suspect they'll want Abercrombie, Hopson and Delany all to start, which would put Corey in the overqualified sixth man/scorer role. Suspect Jack Salt will hold the Pledger role and be a complement to Rob Loe, while Ethan Rusbatch's surprising absence from the NZ-NBL makes me suspect he's got a Breakers contract next season, and he's a great fit. I also wonder if we're going one import next season with Tai's salary on the books - if we don't, an affordable athletic 4/5 will do the trick. Just as long as it isn't Vodanovich.

Loe / Salt
Delany / Import*
Hopson* / Rusbatch
Abercrombie / C.Webster
T.Webster / Weeks

Plenty of DP talent available from the NZNBL as well - college seniors qualify for a DP spot right?

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^ Ashley is an athletic 4/5, would be perfect for the import slot in that list. Not sure about affordable though. Hopson won't be cheap, so maybe they can only afford one import.

I don’t think Salt will be signed. Unfortunately he’s injured and won’t play NZNBL at all this season.

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Should give Yanni Wetzell, returner from San Diego State, a look at the 4/5 spot. Put up 11 and 6 for arguably the best team in college basketball this past year. A athletic and mobile 6'10 who can shoot the 3. Rumours are he’s potentially heading back for NBA workouts or to Europe, but would absolutely be a pickup for any side, not just the Breakers

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Problem with Ashley was he was perpetually in foul trouble.

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Jack Salt has a knee injury, I would be surprised if NZ picked him up.
I would rather sign Brandon Ashley again, his range spaces the floor and he might adjust to the refereeing second time around.

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Jack Salt's game doesn't translate very well to the NBL right now.

Wetzell was a late bloomer having picked up the game late being primarily a tennis player, from memory, as a junior. But I believe he has well and truly taken over Salt, Timmins, Wynyard and a host of other well credentialed Kiwi junior bigs. He is mobile, great footwork and I believe he could even start for the Breakers. If they picked him up to complement Loe they would not need Ashley. I think if he continued to improve at the rate he has given the few years he has actually played, he could come to the Breakers for 2-3 years then carve out a high level career in Europe.

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short retirement

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