Superstars have replaced Next Stars on mass as NBL teams open their cheque books in pursuit of a championship.
The salary cap has risen four per cent to $1.7 million and all 10 teams have loaded up in response, headed by former NBA champion Aron Baynes, who is set to have an Andrew Bogut-type influence on the Brisbane Bullets.
Australia’s domestic league is set for its closest season in recent memory, with every side undertaking an extensive recruitment drive in the hunt for a title.
The NBL has just one new Next Star signing this season, Breakers French forward Rayan Rupert, as most clubs scour the hoops globe for experienced campaigners.
Baynes, who won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, is the face of the NBL’s signing spree.
The veteran Boomers big man feared he may never walk again following a freakish accident during Australia’s Tokyo Olympic campaign….