NBL star has ‘pretty big offers’ to head overseas after big off-season switch: report

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NBL star Robert Franks has reportedly caught the attention of “a couple” of teams in Europe, just two months after signing with the Adelaide 36ers.

Franks was one of the most consistent players in the league last season, and finished in the top five for both points and rebounds.

The American was a standout for the Brisbane Bullets during his first season in Australia, and took home the club’s MVP award in April.

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But the power forward was a big-name recruit for the 36ers ahead of the 22-23 season, and brings experience within an NBA organisation with him after signing with Orlando Magic in 2020.

While he was waived by the Magic, Franks starred in the G-League for the championship winning Lakeland Magic.

Journalist Cameron Luke tweeted an intriguing message on Friday morning, which has since been linked back to Franks.

“Is the lure of massive international (money) about to throw a spanner in the pre season hard work of a NBL team?” Luke wrote.

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With the NBL Blitz heading to Darwin in September, Luke told an insider that he was looking forward to seeing Adelaide take the floor with their new players.

The 36ers have also signed Anthony Drmic from Brisbane, who was a regular starter alongside Franks during the first-half of last season.

“I actually was talking to one of our foreign correspondents this morning and he asked me who I was really looking forward to seeing in Darwin… and I said Adelaide,” Luke said on NBL Free Agency Market Watch.

“He said he’s hearing that Robert Franks has got a couple of pretty big offers from Europe.

“The question has been asked around Robert Franks which would suck for us because I want to see him in Adelaide.

“We’ll see how that plays out.”

Franks, who is 201 cm tall, had played NBA Summer League with the Boston Celtics in Las Vegas.

Speaking on NBL Free Agency Market Watch, co-host Liam Santamaria revealed that he’d heard similar whispers about Franks while he was in America.

“We’re seeing a lot of high level imports signed right now,” Santamaria said.

“This is around the period of time when guys on the fringe of the NBA, but are realising ‘you know what, I’m not going to get that deal’.

“There’s high levels guys on the market right now and if they have to pivot in that direction, they’re going to have to tap into it.”