The Sydney Kings and the Hawks are prepared to relocate in a bid to save the season as the NBL negotiates exemptions for both clubs to enter another state.
NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said on NBL Overtime that it was likely “either or both” of the Kings and Hawks would be relocated “somewhere … in order to be able to be confident they can play their away games at the beginning of the season”.
“We’re still working through the logistics of that with various state governments at the minute because each of the different states around Australia have slightly different rules in terms of who from NSW is allowed into their respective states at the minute but ideally we would like to find a home for those players and teams where they don’t have to do any quarantine,” Loeliger said.
The Kings and Hawks’ move interstate hinges on the clubs getting exemptions similar to those given to AFL and NRL teams this year.
Any possible relocation may only be to continue training until borders are reopened, which is unlikely to be before the end of the year.
The Hawks are due to start their season on January 14 in Victoria against the South East Melbourne Phoenix.
Sydney’s first of the new campaign is scheduled for January 15 in Perth against the Wildcats.
Kings star Xavier Cooks will miss a large chunk of the season after injuring his foot in a weekend trial against the Hawks.