Sydney Kings import Jeremy Tyler has already been shown the door. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Sydney Kings import Jeremy Tyler has already been shown the door. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Sydney Kings release star import

THE Sydney Kings have released import centre Jeremy Tyler from the remainder of his 2017-2018 contract.

Tyler joined the Kings in early November and brought a quality resume, including NBA and CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) experience.

The former Golden State, Atlanta and New York big man showcased his proven scoring and rebounding abilities in a number of games, but it's understood his off-court application forced Sydney officials to end his tenure.

With eight games remaining in the 2017-2018 NBL campaign, the Kings will now focus on the promotion and development of prospects at the centre and power forward positions.

Sydney Kings import Jeremy Tyler has already been shown the door. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Sydney Kings import Jeremy Tyler has already been shown the door. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Tyler's release also allows him the freedom to explore future plans, which are set to include a summer program designed to enhance his high-level ambitions.

Managing Director Jeff Van Groningen wished Tyler all the best for the future.

Van Groningen says the franchise will now focus on rising talents, like Sydney-born centre Isaac Humphries.

"We thank Jeremy for his efforts since he joined the Kings midway through the season and we wish him all the best as he takes on his next challenge," Van Groningen said.

"He is an undoubted talent and his skill set is unique. However, at this time we are keen to look closely at some of the young big men both on our roster and on the edge of it.

"We believe Isaac Humphries is an exciting player and possesses attributes that, combined with hard work, could see him achieve great heights down the line, while Dane Pineau's development this season has been pleasing. We have youngsters Deng Acouth (211cm) and Darcy Malone (213cm) as part of our development player list and we anticipate they'll get a chance to experience being part of the squad at some stage over the remaining eight games."

Van Groningen also challenged the players to finish a disappointing season on a high.

"We are excited about the future but concurrently, this is a time for all current Kings' players to compete hard, maintain high intensity and bring maximum energy to Qudos Bank Arena," he said.

"We want every game to reflect a desire to ensure that the Sydney Kings experience success - both for the remainder of the season and beyond. I can't wait to see who stands up."

Sydney's next game will take place on Saturday afternoon at Qudos Bank Arena against former King Josh Childress and the Adelaide 36ers.



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