Kiwi basketball star Corey Webster parts ways with Wildcats for overseas gig
Leading New Zealand basketballer Corey Webster has been released by the Perth Wildcats without playing a game to pursue an opportunity overseas.
Webster signed a two year deal with Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) champions Perth in March, but recently expressed the desire to break his contract and pursue his career overseas.
The 28-year-old former Breakers guard has been playing in the NBA Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks, but is likely to have gained a deal in Europe. Webster's young brother, Tai, has also been competing in the league's annual tournament in Las Vegas for the Golden State Warriors.
"It is disappointing to lose a key signing like Corey, but we're thankful to have reached this decision now, when we have the time to make the necessary changes," Wildcats CEO Troy Georgiu said.
"With Corey released from his contract, we now have three roster spots remaining, which can all be filled by import players if required."
Last season's ANBL finals MVP American guard Bryce Cotton is understood to be in the Wildcats' sights for a return.
During Summer League, Webster has averaged 4.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 16.7 minutes an outing, while shooting at 42 percent through the first three games.
In Wednesday's (NZT) 78-77 victory over the Miami Heat, he came off the bench for Dallas to add two points on one-of-five shooting in 13 minutes, with two boards, two assists and a steal.
Tall Blacks star Webster was MVP of the New Zealand's National Basketball League (NBL) this season for the title-winning Wellington Saints, who became the first team to go through the season unbeaten.