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Jackson the latest NBL import to be axed

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016 Michael Ramsey

NBL IMPORTS WHO HAVE FACED THE AXE IN 2016:

* Cedric Jackson - The 2012-13 MVP was axed by Melbourne United after failing to gel with his new teammates since moving from the New Zealand Breakers at the start of the season. A gun passer and scorer at his best, it's not yet clear whether the American point guard intends to find a new NBL home or pursue opportunities elsewhere

* Andre Ingram - Brought in from the US by the Perth Wildcats to replace dumped guard Jaron Johnson, Ingram only lasted two games before being granted a release on mental health grounds. The request stunned the Wildcats, who offered to bring Ingram's family to Australia before it was agreed he would be released from his contract

* Jaron Johnson - In one of the strangest turns of events in NBL import history, Johnson was dumped by the Wildcats three games into the season, only to then be brought back after replacement Andre Ingram sought out. Has looked good since returning and will be important given the absence of injured captain Damian Martin

* Michael Bryson - The Kings were 3-1 when they decided to get rid of Bryson, who struggled offensively and was getting limited minutes off the bench. It turned out they had a handy replacement in mind, recruiting former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake. He lines up alongside another former Laker in big man Josh Powell

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