South East Melbourne Phoenix sign Boomers and NBA swingman Ryan Broekhoff

The South East Melbourne Phoenix have pulled off a major coup with the signature of Boomers and NBA swingman Ryan Broekhoff on a one-year deal.

In one of the biggest signings in NBL history, Broekhoff will add significant strike to the Phoenix with his experience and potent three-point shooting.

The ex-Philadelphia and Dallas shooting guard is expected to fly to Australia from Michigan in America this week.

Broekhoff will be coming in as a nominated replacement player under the NBL rules and it is expected that he will take the position of big man Mike Karena in the active roster when he arrives.

Before taking the court, he must complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival but Phoenix officials remain hopeful that he will make his club debut at the back end of the inaugural NBL Cup in Melbourne, which starts on Saturday.

Ryan Broekhoff during his NBA days with the Dallas Mavericks. Broekhoff has signed with the South East Melbourne Phoenix. Picture: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP.Source:AFP

Broekhoff’s preference was to remain in the NBA or go to Europe, but with no deal and coronavirus cases still surging in the US, a return to Australia with South East Melbourne was the most logical fit for the boy from Frankston.

“(It is big) to come home with such low cases in Australia and to have my family feel safe and be able to get out of the house, which I feel like we’ve been stuck in forever,” said Broekhoff, who will be the 16th former NBA player in the NBL season.

“It will be nice to have that sort of security and safety in the back of my mind that when I’m off playing they’re able to enjoy life again.

“The cases over here in the US don’t seem to be slowing down at this point.

“It’s been ongoing communication with the Phoenix, and the timing and everything just seems to fit this year.

“This is the closest team to Frankston so it’s the home team in the NBL for me.”

Broekhoff has been watching a few of South East Melbourne’s games from America and believes the side has a big future led by the likes of Mitch Creek, Cam Gliddon and Keifer Sykes.

The 30-year-old also has high expectations on himself to perform at a high level in the NBL following his previous strong performances in the NBA and with Australia at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I’m looking forward to just get back, play hard, start enjoying basketball again, have some fun and start winning,” he said,

“A lot of those people haven’t seen me play in person or in Australia for such a long time so hopefully that’ll encourage them to get to some games. I’ll be spreading the word as best I can to try and get the fans in the stands, build the excitement, and help build the club and the culture from grassroots level.”

In one of the biggest signings in NBL history, former Dallas and Philadelphia shooting guard Ryan Broekhoff will add significant strike to the South East Melbourne Phoenix with his experience and potent three-point shooting. Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Broekhoff has been in limbo since mid-December when the Philadelphia 76ers waived his contract, just three weeks after he re-signed with the franchise.

He was hoping to relaunch his NBA career at the 76ers alongside fellow Australian Ben Simmons following an interrupted 2020 season.

Broekhoff fractured his leg in January before being waived by Dallas in February.

Broekhoff played in 59 games for Dallas over two seasons, shooting 40.3 per cent from three-point range.

Source: Read Full Article