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Creek patient as D-Day arrives


MITCH Creek will know later today if his pursuit of an NBA roster spot or a two-way contract has succeeded or whether his game will need further refinement in Europe this Australian summer.

The former captain of the NBL's Adelaide 36ers and the club's 2017-18 MVP - also voted fans choice MVP of the league last season - is home in Adelaide after a successful NBA Summer League performance with Dallas Mavericks but one which did not lead to a contract.

Despite telling Creek's management late in the Summer League that he was 95 percent there (to a contract), Dallas instead took a safer route, signing Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks All Star Giannis Antetokounmpo to a two-way deal.

It was a crushing blow, but as Creek told me, nothing over which he had any control.

“All you can do is go out there and give your best,” he said.

Players have zero control over their situations or environments.

The good news is Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers have taken a good, hard look at the 196cm small forward and he will know later today whether he has a G-League two-way contract or what his future holds.

Right now?

“I’m taking a week off,” he said. “I’m relaxing at home in front of the TV.

“I’m eating Cheezels and drinking Coke in front of the TV.

“We’ve had to wait a few days to see what trades happen and what final pieces teams are looking for.”

Missing on a contract with Dallas, after averaging 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while starting in three of the Mavericks’ five games was hugely disappointing for the Boomers’ 2017 Asia Cup Gold Medallist.

But every cloud has a silver lining.

“We’ve been talking with the Nets and Philadelphia about a two-way or veterans’ camp,” the 26-year-old said.

Today’s the day, or more correctly in US time, tonight’s the night.

It was Creek's second Summer League after last year playing on Utah Jazz's team in Las Vegas.

In his favour is the fact he did well in work-outs with Brooklyn, plus their G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, are coached by Boomers assistant coach Will Weaver.

Philadelphia has a strong Australian connection, with NBL championship winner and former Boomers coach Brett Brown helming the team which is paced by 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and now also has signed Jonah Bolden.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: Mitch Creek on Players Voice
 

Jul 26

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