Steve Weigh (courtesy Millbank Photography)
It will likely be a good 6-8 weeks until the import situation is clearer as a lot depends on 2 of last year's key contributors.
Rumours are strong that Gibson has signed for 2 years but it is not official at this stage. GM Dean Parker said the following in his "Dean's Desk" email to members last week...
Adam Gibson does not currently have a contract with the Adelaide 36ers. Adam is now overseas and he and I had a chat before he left about the future. Adam wants to stay and we want Adam to stay, so from here, discussions take place with his agent and we aim to finalise that deal. Yes, Adam did have an option, although once free agency commenced, the options are not available anymore and it becomes a new contract. This is a positive, as both parties wanted a longer term commitment than the one year. We are working through this and we will confirm with our fans when a decision is made.
So it sounds positive and looks likely "Gibbo" will be back.
Wright is high on Weigh (pictured) but it doesn't look possible for Adelaide to retain him if Wright is prioritising signing an athletic import 3 man. Weigh will succeed somewhere but it looks unlikely to be here. If Adelaide does secure an import small forward, it allows Creek to work his way back from his injury and split minutes at the 3 spot. All things considered, Adelaide would be best served going for a cheaper import forward who can play solid defense and hit the three, allowing Creek to provide versatility as an aggressive slasher/scrapper.
A key to the club shoring up it's finances to go after some quality players will be for members to renew or sign up ASAP. The club is aiming for 5000 members but currently does not even have 10% of that number signed up for 2013-2014. If you haven't signed, get on board now to ensure you get a great seat and help pump some much needed finances into the club during the off-season.