Two weeks after the parting of Tai Webster, who refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the Breakers have signed an NBA star.
Former NBA combo guard Jeremiah Martin will join the New Zealand Breakers roster for the upcoming NBL season in place of Tai Webster, who was fired from his contract after he refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Martin played 18 NBA games in various stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets, and also appeared for the Atlanta Hawks’ Summer League side in August.
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Breakers head coach Dan Shamir said he was particularly impressed with Martin’s tenure with the Nets and was pleased to have him on the team for the coming season.
“He had two very strong performances as a point guard and did a lot of good things,” said Shamir.
“He is a multidimensional player, a good defender, can defend multiple positions, can play with and without the ball; that’s why he suits us.”
Martin is the third and final import on the Breakers roster, joining former Detroit Pistons point guard Peyton Siva and French young gunner Hugo Besson.
Webster and the Breakers “mutually agreed” to split up last month, as the 26-year-old’s anti-vax stance is said to have caused travel complications leading up to the NBL season.
The NBL has yet to require the squad to vaccinate, but players from the two Victorian clubs, Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix, have little choice but to roll up their sleeves if they want to keep their jobs; Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced Friday that all Victorians on the list of authorized workers must have had their first injection by October 15 and be fully vaccinated by November 26. Although professional athletes are on that list, a league spokesperson told NCA NewsWire on Friday that “The NBL does not mandate at this stage, but continues to strongly encourage all players, coaches and staff to be vaccinated.”
US importer Travis Trice was fired from his Illawarra Hawks contract last month after he too refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Hawks have yet to reveal Trice’s replacement on the roster.