Melbourne Tigers cut guard Kevin Braswell

Last updated 14:19 05/11/2012
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OLD MATES: Kevin Braswell, left, and Breakers player CJ Bruton.

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The Melbourne Tigers have sacked import point guard Kevin Braswell, just a day after their first win of the NBL season.

The Tigers, now 1-4, lost patience with the 33-year-old point guard's persistent knee problems which have led to some unflattering performances this season.

Braswell's replacement at the Tigers was confirmed today as 23-year-old former top-10 NBA draft pick Jonny Flynn.

Flynn, a point guard, was picked No 6 in the 2009 NBA draft and has spent time at Minnesota, Houston, Portland and, most recently, Detroit.

Australian media are reporting Flynn's management contacted Tigers coach Chris Anstey to sound out opportunities in Melbourne as he looks to get things back on track.

"He's in his prime and wanted to reinvigorate his career and we're really excited about what he's going to bring," Anstey told one media outlet in Australia.

Flynn is expected to train with the Tigers this week and could potentially suit up for the game against Adelaide at Hisense Arena on Friday night.

Braswell averaged 10 points and five assists in the Tigers' first five games and had just eight points and six assists in the team's 91-66 win over bottom-side Townsville on Sunday.

Persistent injuries meant the former New Zealand Breakers championship winner and current Southland Shark was never able to show his full abilities, even though he arrived early for pre-season training with the club.

On the other hand, rookie point guard Nate Tomlinson shown solid form in the past couple of matches after a shaky start to the season.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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