New Zealand Breakers forward Duane Bailey's been dropped from the team roster to make way for the return of Corey Webster after his short NBA stint with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Webster's replacement, Hawke's Bay guard Everard Bartlett, is being kept on after he played a pivotal role in the side's first four games of the NBL season.
Breakers coach Dean Vickerman said it was a tough decision to let Bailey go.
"These days are tough, these decisions are tough, but if you are to be successful they are not decisions you can shy away from.
"Duane is a young man with a great future in the game, he has contributed to this club on and off court but right now the group has decided that Everard deserves a full-time spot on the roster and with Corey returning we had to look at where we could make room on the full-time roster.
"Duane took the news as you would expect, he was disappointed but reacted with great maturity. We have offered him a role to stay with the club in a training capacity for the remainder of the season and to be available should we suffer injuries, understandably however he is considering all of his options right now with a view to earning a playing contract," Vickerman said.