Whilst I agree that its a bit stinky for MU to pull the same stunt two years running, why would Kelly be infuriated?
If anything he'd be thrilled!
This is almost exactly what he wants to happen. Without it Cairns' model doesn't work.
Cairns have the lowest budget in the NBl. They cannot afford to compete with the other teams. Their model is comprised of:
Playing "moneyball" with locals who can't or won't get a gig elsewhere;
Offering opportunities to young locals looking for a start; and
Scouting Imports who want to come to the NBL and showcase their talent for one season, in the hopes of getting a better deal elsewhere.
Guys like Trimble and Machado are their big selling point!
Last year they hit the jackpot with both their imports and young guys.
I don't know if the OP is official, or just a rumour, but the point stands.
Only way Cairns could retain Machado is with a big cash injection.