Former Brisbane big man Will Magnay’s contract obligation to the Bullets if he wants to play for Perth
Former Brisbane Bullets big man Will Magnay is set to join defending champions Perth following his brief NBA stint as long as he can receive a clearance from the Bullets, who own his contractual rights.
The NCA NewsWire can reveal the Bullets hold the rights to Magnay, and as agreed upon his departure to America to sign a two-way deal with the New Orleans Pelicans in November last year, the club would require a buyout figure for the centre to sign with another NBL team.
It’s understood his management are currently weighing up the buyout, with a decision expected within days.
This could open the door for Magnay to join the Wildcats to finish the NBL season and prepare for this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The Brisbane Bullets hold the rights to Will Magnay, as agreed upon his departure to America to sign a two-way deal with the New Orleans Pelicans in November last year. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/NBAE via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
In a major coup for Perth’s chances of winning a third consecutive title, the Boomers hopeful will significantly boost the defending champion’s big man stocks.
The Brisbane-born centre is currently in 14-day hotel quarantine in Sydney after arriving from America following his stint in the G League and NBA.
Magnay must play a minimum of nine NBL games to qualify for the finals.
He is expected to be out of quarantine next week, opening the door for a potential Perth debut against Melbourne United in Perth on May 13.
Magnay was set to have a minor operation to remove bone spurs in his foot after being waived by New Orleans in mid-April, but he opted to delay surgery so he can be in a team environment rather than train alone.
His journey from development player with Brisbane to going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, a three-year stint in the NBL with the Bullets and finally a two-way NBA contract will inspire countless Australian kids to follow in his footsteps.
Magnay has certainly proved he belongs on the NBA stage.
He may have missed a three-pointer and only played three minutes on debut against the Los Angeles Lakers in late March, but he possesses the skills and ability to excel in the world’s best league.
Prior to his NBA call-up with New Orleans, he had been excelling for the franchise’s G League team – the Erie BayHawks.
Magnay averaged 9.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists through his 10 regular-season games with the BayHawks.
He scored a season-high 20 points against the Raptors 905 back in February and attracted widespread praise from G League and NBA scouts alike.
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