Magnay to fly with Pelicans in NBA

Brisbane Bullets star Will Magnay is headed for the NBA, with the towering centre set to sign a two-way deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

While the Bullets won’t yet comment on the deal, it’s understood the paperwork is currently being finalised, with an announcement potentially coming as early as Friday afternoon.

Magnay, 22, has previously spent a year in United States playing college basketball for the University of Tulsa.

Under the terms of a two-way deal, Magnay would also be able to play for a Pelicans’ G-League affiliate team.

That’s if the G League goes ahead. It wasn’t completed last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He might have only been here for one year, but sheesh it was a fun year.

Thanks for all the highlights, @o_tate_, and best of luck in the BIG show! #NBLxNBA @SydneyKings ➡️ @HoustonRockets

The NBA is set to start on December 22, with Magnay set to depart immediately after his contract is finalised to be in America for the start of the Pelicans’ training camp next week.

Magnay’s imminent move comes hot on the heels of Sydney Kings reigning MVP Jae’Sean Tate signing a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets.

Tatem who averaged 16.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Kings last season, will link with former Sydney coach Will Weaver, now a Rockets assistant.

“JT is one of those players that you want in the trenches with you – a great teammate and the ultimate competitor – tough, fiercely loyal and refuses to lose,” Kings CEO Chris Pongrass said.

“Although it is bitter sweet to see him leave us, I couldn’t be prouder to watch him achieve his dream of playing in the NBA.”

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