Corey Webster Flying to USA for NBA Trial

After his head-turning performance during the FIBA Oceania Championships last month, New Zealand Breakers guard Corey Webster has been offered a serious opportunity to achieve his NBA dream.

The Breakers will announce tomorrow that Webster will soon be flying to the U.S. to work out for an NBA team and try to secure a training camp invitation for this season, league sources tell Downtown.

There has been no word yet on which NBA team has requested the workout.  Of course, it makes sense to assume that a team with perimeter shooting needs and lack of shooting guard depth would be the one most keen to explore the addition of Webster.

Sources close to Webster told Downtown recently that several teams with those needs had serious interest in him, but could not share which teams.

The Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards would appear to be the teams most likely to add another shooting guard to their roster before the upcoming season.

Webster also attended a mini-camp with the Indiana Pacers back in June, although their backcourt depth seems full.

Of those teams, the Nets, Mavericks, Pelicans and Wizards have the most salary cap flexibility (in terms of non-guaranteed contracts) to create a roster spot for Webster.

Prior to the Pacers mini-camp, Webster told Downtown’s Tom Hersz that he was excited about the chance to impress at the NBA level.

“I am looking forward to the whole opportunity, being in the NBA environment and the chance to show them what I can do on the court,” Webster said. “It’s an amazing opportunity that I am ready to take advantage of.”

Should he be successful in obtaining a training camp invitation, Webster would exercise the NBA out clause included in his new three-year deal with the Breakers.

When asked back in June about the prospect of losing Webster to the NBA, Breakers head coach Dean Vickerman didn’t mince words.

“Very difficult guy to try and replace,” he said emphatically.

The Breakers announced this afternoon that they will be holding a press conference at 11am tomorrow morning.

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  1. Brett Dale at |

    The best of luck to him. If he makes it, it’s going to be great to see two kiwis in the
    NBA. A huge loss for the Breakers, but great for New Zealand Basketball.

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