Development and special restricted player Princepal Singh has become the latest player to depart the New Zealand Breakers, with the franchise and player parting ways on Sunday.
The 6’10 power forward/centre, who originally signed a three-year deal, has parted ways with the New Zealand based side for at least the remainder of the season, if not, for the rest of his contract.
This comes after the Breakers signed former Otago Nuggets import Geremy McKay as a replacement player for Rob Loe. It is understood that Singh made way for McKay to sign with the Breakers because of the league’s 15-man roster rule.
McKay, who is Australian, played one game for the South East Melbourne Phoenix in the 2019/20 NBL season. McKay is a 6’7 power forward whose great year in the NZNBL put him on the Breakers radar. With the release of Singh, it gave the Breakers an opportunity to sign up the former Australian Emu.
It is believed that Singh had a tough time gelling with the Breakers team, the language barrier a factor.
While sources state that the release was “mutual”, they went on to say that the Breakers were the side that was pushing for the split. The source went onto state that, “he was a DP who though he was a Foster Player.”
Singh, who previously played in the G-League was a great get at the time of signing. The potential was there for him to succeed in the league, there were just a few roadblocks in the path of untapping his potential.
Singh has flown back to India since their break-up. There has still not been any offical word from the Breakers.
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This has not been the only roster shake up the Breakers have experienced this season. With the early season injuries of imports Peyton Siva and Jeremiah Martin, the Breakers signed former Real Madrid and Orlando Magic guard Chasson Randle (read more about Randle here).
However with the return of Siva and Martin, Randle has been placed onto the inactive list.
The amount of changes in the Breakers roster during this season has no doubt been a contributing factor to their poor start to the season.
They have started their season 1-6, with their one and only win coming against the Brisbane Bullets. The Breakers won 83-88 at Nissan Arena after a dominant Yannick Wetzell performance.
Even before the season started, the departure of Corey and Tai Webster due to the league’s vaccine mandate disrupted and effectively changed the Breakers season.
All these changes to the Breakers roster have found players having inconsistent game-time and opportunities to succeed under coach Dan Shamir.
The Breakers now have the opportunity to push off their win against the Bullets and catch up on the rest of the competition.
New Zealand moves into round seven to play Melbourne United on the 14th, the Sydney Kings on the 16th and the Tasmania JackJumpers on the 19th in this concerning, chaos causing, COVID affected season.
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