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36ers go for Moore

NBL runners-up in 2017-18, the Adelaide 36ers look certain to bring back combo-guard Ramone Moore and a second import, but may keep a third "up their sleeve," just in case.

You might ask: Just in case for what?

Or: What’s happened to Josh Childress and/or Shannon Shorter?

(Good questions both – maybe it’s time to consider a career change to basketball reporter … Lord knows we could use some who ask questions.

But I digress.)

Having retained Anthony Drmic for a further two years, the 36ers again have reached their local talent quota with Daniel Johnson, Mitch Creek, Nathan Sobey, Majok Deng, Adam Doyle, Harry Froling and Jack McVeigh all signed.

But captain Brendan Teys is sure to also be retained, restricting the Sixers to two imports to complete their 11-man roster.

Retaining Moore (above), who doubled at point guard as well as shooting guard, makes Shorter’s role redundant as Moore would share time at the point with Sobey.

Childress is the other target.

“We’re interested in Chill and he knows it,” 36ers coach Joey Wright confirmed.

“He needs to figure out what he wants to do.”

Childress, 34 and a 203cm swingman or power forward, suffered a shoulder injury in Adelaide’s Game 2 win over Melbourne in the best-of-five Grand Final Series. The 36ers forced the series to a Game 5 decider but his absence in that one was acutely felt as Melbourne ran out a comfortable winner.

Whether Childress plans to return or not is up in the air currently. Prior to departing back to the US, his plans were to rehab the shoulder, then participate again in Ice Cube’s Big3 3on3 tournament. He also was looking at buying an interest in the NZ Breakers, the NBL club now owned by a consortium including friends and/or associates.

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Wright said if Childress chose to continue elsewhere, the 36ers would try to recruit “the best player possible”.

So, not necessarily a specific positional player. But the most talented available player.

The possibility also still exists the club could lose its 2018 MVP Creek, who also won the NBL Fan Vote for league MVP last season.

He currently is playing for BG Gottingen in Germany’s Bundesliga and averaging 13.8ppg at 58 per cent, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg. Post-season in Germany, he plans a short break back in Adelaide before again heading for NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas.

Drmic, 26 and 198cm, won NBL Rookie of the Year honours in his 2016-17 debut with the Sixers and last season averaged 6.4ppg and 3.1rpg.

“It’s really good to be back,” he said.

“We feel like as a team we’ve started something and I want to come back and finish that and hopefully get a championship next year.”

Across the Tasman, the Breakers are close to sealing a deal to regain United championship starter Tai Wesley.

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