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Mitch Creek signs with NBL expansion club South East Melbourne Phoenix but NBA dream isn’t over

Mitch Creek Phoenix

Horsham basketball star Mitch Creek could return to Victoria sooner rather than later, announcing yesterday he had signed a conditional two-year deal with NBL expansion club South East Melbourne Phoenix.
Creek is contracted to the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets and is hoping to earn a contract with an NBA team during or after the season.
In a statement on Facebook, Creek said he remained focused on his NBA dream but was thrilled to have the security of a deal with the Phoenix if an NBA contract did not eventuate.
He said the lure of returning to the NBL, rather than Europe where he spent time in the German Basketball Bundesliga, was too great.
“To be back in my home state is really cool. I see the potential we have at Phoenix and it gives me goosebumps,” he said.
“To be part of a new franchise, there are so many positives for me.
“I can see myself building a career and a future in something that’s bigger than basketball.”
South East Melbourne became the NBL’s newest franchise last month.
Creek made his name in the NBL as a star for the Adelaide 36ers, but had a falling out with the club after it demanded compensation for releasing him from his contract while he tried for an NBA roster spot.
Creek said he would return to Adelaide determined to beat his old team.
“I will walk into that stadium and I will thank the crowd, I’ll thank my team-mates that I played with from there, I’ll thank the coaches. But there’s certain people at that club that I will never thank, and I’ll never have any time for again,” he said.

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