Breakers reclaim key NBL player Tai Wesley

Daniel Gilhooly
Forward Tai Wesley (C) is leaving NBL champions Melbourne United to rejoin the New Zealand Breakers

The New Zealand Breakers are proclaiming the return of title-winning American forward Tai Wesley for the next NBL season.

In what they say is one of the most-important announcements of the free-agency period, the Breakers have plucked Wesley back from Melbourne United on a one-year deal.

The 32-year-old helped Melbourne to the title this year in his second season.

Likewise, he helped the Breakers to the 2014-15 crown in his first of two seasons in Auckland.

New coach Kevin Braswell says the versatile Wesley is a pivotal signing.

The Guam-qualified player was influential in successive championship campaigns with the Braswell-coached Wellington Saints in the New Zealand domestic league.

"His ability to play in the post and yet stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting makes him a unique quality and adds so much to our offence. This is a big day in our off-season planning," Braswell said.

Wesley is the second Melbourne forward picked up this month by the Breakers, having also signed the athletic Majok Majok.

Contracted Breakers for 2018-19:

Shea Ili, Jarrad Weeks, Tom Abercrombie, Jordan Ngatai, Finn Delany, Tai Wesley, Majok Majok, Alex Pledger.