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Could Lamar Patterson join the New Zealand Breakers?

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21st July, 2020
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The New Zealand Breakers are rumoured to be interested in signing Lamar Patterson if they fail to re-sign Scotty Hopson for the 2020-2021 NBL season.

The Breakers have all but finalised their local talent by recently signing Dan Trist, Kyrin Galloway and Tai Webster, so now they’re are looking to their two import selections and have made it clear they want their star player, Hopson, to return.

However, the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused uncertainty and the signing of Hopson isn’t the sure thing it once seemed to be.

The Kiwis are now looking for backup options if the deal falls through and their plan B is reportedly none other than Patterson.

Patterson is a star of the league, having achieved All NBL First Team accolades in both of his two seasons with Brisbane. However, he is no certainty to re-join the Bullets, with assistant general manager Sam Mackinnon recently saying that “Lamar knows how much we would love to have him back, and we know how much he would love to come back to us. However, it has to be financially the right deal for the club and the player.”

This opens the door for the Breakers, who have shown in the past they are not afraid to take chances and spend big.

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New Zealand have been linked to other big names during this off-season, with former Breaker Shawn Long popping up in reports earlier this week after he made a post on Instagram of himself in a Breaker jersey.

Owner Matt Walsh has made it clear that he is going to try everything in his power to secure the services of Scotty Hopson. However, if they aren’t able to, the Breakers are going to continue to be brave and make aggressive moves that put them in a great position to win this year’s NBL championship.