Tasmania JackJumpers CEO Simon Brookhouse will reach out to Australian NBA star Matthew Dellavedova about him potentially becoming the franchise‘s first marquee player.
After launching the team name last week, Brookhouse is moving quickly as he looks to prepare for the club’s maiden NBL season in 2021-2022.
He has several players on his recruitment list, but he would ideally like to land an established name like Dellavedova.
The Boomers guard is an unrestricted free agent heading into the 2020-2021 NBA season but reports have linked him with a return to Cleveland, where he won the 2016 NBA championship alongside LeBron James.
Dellavedova played 57 games upon return to the Cavaliers last season and it’s understood that the franchise want him back for another campaign.
This would delay any return to Australia, but Brookhouse believes the man nicknamed ‘Delly’ would be perfect to launch the new Tasmanian franchise the following year given his experience, personality and family focus as a father and husband.
“If we didn’t reach out to someone like Delly and we thought there was a chance of him wanting to come back and play in Australia, we would be derelict in our duties not to at least look through it,” Brookhouse said.
“He is a great player, a great Australian and he is great in terms of what we are trying to build as a brand.
“Energetic, entertainment and a family friendly, he fits that mould.
“If a person like Delly became available, we’d definitely be interested.”
Brookhouse is also keen to talk to Australia’s other NBA players depending on if they want to return home for an NBL stint.
If he can’t land an established name, he has his sights set on other experienced players from across the basketball world.
“There might be players in some pretty heavily affected COVID areas who might want to come back to Australia,” he said.
“That might work in our favour, but we’ll get a handle on who is off-contract at the end of the season, and we will abide by the rules and talk to them.
“We saw the value of Mitch Creek with South East Melbourne last year, so if it isn’t an NBA type player, we could look at a representative Boomer who is coming back from Europe.
“There are other options, but we will scour the globe to ensure that we unearth every possible option we can talk to.”
Brookhouse will also search the globe for a coach, but he conceded hiring Boomers coach Brett Brown is unlikely.
Brown is on the market after being sacked by the Philadelphia 76ers, although he is focused on leading Australia’s Olympic campaign in Tokyo next year.
“We are launching a new club and the lead-up to the Olympics will take up a lot of Brett’s time,” he said.
“He will need to be in the US where the players are based. We wouldn’t say no if Brett was interested and we’d certainly entertain a discussion as he is an elite coach.
“But I think it would be very difficult to make that happen
“My understanding is that Brett is keen to stay in the NBA and you can’t blame him for that.”