The New Zealand Breakers and forward Tai Wesley have reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal, according to Matt Logue of The Daily Telegraph.
Wesley reportedly turned down a contract offer from Melbourne United, while the Sydney Kings were also in contention for his services.
The 31-year-old Wesley will join new head coach Kevin Braswell at the Breakers. Braswell is Wesley’s coach with the Wellington Saints, so their familiarity with each other was likely a big factor in Wesley’s decision to return to the Breakers.
Wesley originally signed with the Breakers back in 2014 on a two-year deal, before heading to Melbourne on a two-year deal in 2016. He won a championship with the Breakers in his first season with the club, and also won a championship with Melbourne last season.
In 28 games (23 starts) with Melbourne last season, Wesley averaged 11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 24.1 minutes per game. He shot a tidy 53 per cent from the field and 39 per cent from three.
Veteran forward Mika Vukona is reportedly headed to Brisbane to play for the Bullets this season, and Wesley’s inclusion into the lineup should help comfortably fill that void.
Wesley will be in action for the Wellington Saints during the upcoming NBL season, beginning on April 27 against the Southland Sharks.