NBL grand finalists Melbourne Tigers have signed versatile Sydney Kings player David Barlow, casting further doubt on the future of their import Rashad Tucker.
Barlow, a two-time NBL championship winner who has spent the past four seasons with the Kings and is in the Australian squad, is rated one of the country’s most promising talents.
But Tucker, who has been with the Tigers for the past three years, remains in limbo.
The American has still not re-signed with the Tigers and has been linked with several NBL clubs — the Adelaide 36ers featuring most prominently.
Tigers coach Al Westover said the club had spoken to Tucker and his agent, but appears resigned to being without the 32-year-old next season.
And he also suggested the Tigers could go into the season with just one import — Dave Thomas — should Tucker not return.
“Tuck’s still possibly in the mix,” Westover said.
“But we have to see what’s best for the club and which direction we want to go in.”