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Australian team agrees to let Mitch Creek go to Brooklyn

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After going to court on Wednesday to stop Mitch Creek from signing with the Brooklyn Nets the Adelaide 36ers have agreed to let the shooting guard go.

In a statement released Thursday, the 36ers said the situation had been resolved, permitting Creek to join the Nets for training camp. The statement provided no other details. The 36ers had sought compensation of at least $100,000 Australian. or roughly $75,000 US.

The statement read...

The Adelaide 36ers are pleased to advise that terms for Mitch Creek’s release to the Brooklyn Nets have now been agreed.

The club has loved being a part of Mitch’s journey over the last eight years and is thrilled to have played a role in the opportunity Mitch has worked so hard for and thoroughly deserves.

On behalf of the entire Adelaide 36ers Family, we wish Mitch every success in the NBA and look forward to watching his progress.

Under international rules, a player must receive clearance from his current team before joining a team in another country.

Creek had one year of a three-year deal left to run with the 36ers in the 2018-19 season but triggered his European/NBA out clause to join a top-level German club, Wurzberg. Wurzberg gave Creek its clearance but Adelaide claims it must get its approval as well.

“We are ensuring in the event that he gets a spot on the final roster that there is some sort of compensation (for Adelaide),” 36ers chief executive Ben Kavenagh told The Advertiser on Wednesday.

Creek reportedly has an agreement for what is known as an Exhibit 10 contract. If, as is likely, he gets cut by Brooklyn, his G-League rights automatically go the Nets affiliate in Long Island. In return, he would get a $50,000 guarantee.

The Nets scouted Creek in the Summer League where he played for the Mavericks. He is close to several Nets staffers, including Long Island Nets head coach Will Weaver, who is an assistant coach on the Australian national team.