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Todd wants out, Hawks to swoop


SYDNEY Kings small forward, 3-point specialist Todd Blanchfield, may be on the team's roster for 2018-19 but he wants out and the NBL club down the road definitely is interested.

Blanchfield, who started his burgeoning NBL career with Townsville Crocodiles in 2009, finished his time there playing under Shawn Dennis, a close friend of Illawarra Hawks coach Rob Beveridge.

Having quit the Crocs in 2015 for two years at Melbourne United, Blanchfield, 26 and 200cm, signed for two years in March last year with Sydney Kings.

He averaged 9.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the Kings, who originally saw him as  the heir apparent to Brad Newley (who still delivered 11.8 points last season).

Both swingmen have deals at Sydney for next season but I believe Blanchfield has requested a release, the Kings suddenly boasting one of the most imposing lineups in recent NBL history.

It starts in the centre.

Andrew Bogut is not only Australia's historic first NBA No.1 draft choice but also an NBA champion still good enough to play in The Show.

He will anchor the middle of a starting quintet which most likely would comprise its two NBL MVPs in Jerome Randle and Kevin Lisch, Newley at the 3-spot and Daniel Kickert at the #4.

That still leaves room for another import - two, actually but the Kings may keep one up their sleeve - and promising youngsters Tom Wilson and Dane Pineau.

The Hawks took a beating in free agency with Boomers Nick Kay and Mitch Norton heading across country to Perth as the second-coming of Matt Knight and Damian Martin.

Stalwart Oscar Forman also retired.

Illawarra has centre AJ Ogilvy, versatile Tim Coenraad and talented playmaker Emmett Naar secured and Blanchfield (above, firing against the 36ers) would be a good fit.

May 7

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