Brock Motum signs with the Adelaide 36ers in boost for NBL
After recently being cut from the Utah Jazz extended roster in the NBA just over a week ago, the Adelaide 36ers have become the successful NBL franchise to secure the rights of Brock Motum for the 2014/15 NBL season.
Motum's journey over the past year has seen his value rise and rise. A call up to the Australian Boomers side and playing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which saw the team eliminated by Turkey in the round of 16.
For the Sixers, it was a more a waiting game and then some, as the club had their sights on both NBA waivers Joe Ingles and Motum. Ingles had recently signed a contract with Motum's former club, the Jazz, which left just one target for the Adelaide club to pin point.
With Motum joining the team, it leaves import Daequon Montreal the odd man out. Due to the NBL Player Points System (PPS), the Sixers were forced to cut a 10 point player in order to secure the Boomer.
Montreal has finished his short tenure with the Sixers playing just five games, with head coach Joey Wright having this to say on his departure:
"DQ is a quality person, hard worker and fitted in well with the team. It's unfortuante he wasn't quite able produce the same form as he had promised." - Joey Wright
Adelaide face a determined Sydney Kings outfit this week and with star Mitch Creek on the sideline, plus Jamar Wilson struggling to maintain his fitness levels, Motum seems to have entered the fray at the most opportune time to make his mark on the NBL this year.
His pairing with the likes of Anthony Petrie and Luke Schenscher in the front court while running pick and rolls with Wilson will be something to look out for throughout the season.