HORSHAM basketball product Mitch Creek is set to have his contract with NBA franchise the Brooklyn Nets waived.
Creek had signed an Exhibit 10 contract after leaving the Adelaide 36ers.
The forward signed with Brooklyn as a free agent on August 20.
The contract gave Creek a chance to join the Nets during the pre-season, with the potential for him to sign a two-way contract, which meant he could have played the season in both the NBA and the G League development team the Long Island Nets.
Brooklyn signed Theo Pinson and Alan Williams to their two two-way contract slots. The franchise released a press release on October 12 announcing a request to waive Creek’s contract.
After signing the Exhibit 10 contract with Brooklyn, Creek told the Mail-Times it was a dream come true to even get the chance to join an NBA franchise for pre-season.
“I set the bar pretty high for myself these days and the fact I have gone out and started to push the barrier of what is possible, especially for a country boy from Horsham, has to be a story in itself for what perseverance and hard work is,” he said at the end of July before he returned to Horsham to hold clinics.
Creek did make one pre-season appearance for the Nets, playing against the Toronto Raptors on October 10.
What is next for Creek is up in the air at the moment.
Creek isn’t likely to give up on his NBA dream just yet. Teams can make changes to their rosters even after pre-season. He could have a chance to make the league for this season if a team suffers injuries or makes last-minute roster changes.
Creek could also now join Long Island for the whole G League season, giving himself a chance to play a full season under the eyes of NBA coaches and recruiters.
A return to the Adelaide 36ers is seemingly off the cards for Creek.
A few weeks ago, Creek took to Facebook to make his intentions clear.
The 36ers had filed for compensation following Creek’s move to the Nets, which potentially could have jeopardised Creek’s deal with the Nets.
Creek said on Facebook: “There is no water under the bridge for me, as for when you burn something, it cannot be repaired to how it once was. Myself nor my agents have had no communications regarding a return (to Adelaide), either verbally or in writing. To the fans, I’m sorry but I will not be returning to Adelaide to play.”