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Magnay cut, but no NBL return

- MATT LOGUE

WILL Magnay has been waived by the New Orleans Pelicans, but he will stay in the US to pursue NBA opportunit­ies and prepare for Australia’s Tokyo Olympics campaign.

Magnay’s career is in limbo after the Pelicans opted to waive his two-way contract to clear the way to sign former Atlanta, Philadelph­ia, Minnesota, and Houston small forward James Nunnally on a two-way deal.

The cut is tough to take, but the timing could be perfect, given the former Brisbane Bullets star is set to have a minor operation to remove bone spurs in his foot.

Upon being waived by New Orleans, Magnay received interest from multiple NBL clubs, but he opted to remain in America to focus on his recovery after foot surgery.

He is also keen to prepare for the Australian Boomers’ training camp, set to be based in Las Vegas in the lead-up to

July’s Tokyo Olympics, and then potentiall­y the 2021 NBA Summer League.

Magnay has certainly proved he belongs on the NBA stage. He may only played three minutes on debut against the LA Lakers in late March, but he possesses the skills and ability to excel in the world’s best league.

His journey from developmen­t player with the Bullets to a two-way NBA contract will inspire countless Australian kids to follow in his footsteps.

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