Andrej Lemanis provides huge update on Ben Simmons Boomers availability
Australian and Brisbane coach Andrej Lemanis is confident Ben Simmons will line up for the Boomers at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
It comes after Australia secured qualification for the World Cup in China with a couple of victories in the fifth Qualification window just a few weeks back.
The country’s finest NBL stars haven’t looked back throughout the qualification process with the likes of Jason Cadee, Cameron Gliddon and Nathan Sobey starring on a consistent basis for the national team.
However, it is unlikely the majority of the Boomers qualifying squad will feature in the World Cup as a number of Australian representatives from the NBA will don the green and gold come August next year.
But with doubt over last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons’ availability for the tournament – due to NBA commitments – Lemanis says both parties have had “good dialogue”.
“We’ve had really good dialogue with Ben,” Lemanis said.
“He’s keen to make himself available to play for Australia.
“He does have a few things going on in this off-season, so we’re sort of just working with those.
“The dialogue is good, it’s strong and the door is open.
“When he’s ready to walk through it, we’ll welcome him with open arms.”
It could be the Boomers best chance of winning gold at the event with the likes of Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum set to feature and add Sydney’s Andrew Bogut to that squad and minimal spots for other NBL players will remain available.
The Boomers still have one Qualification window remaining in February with games away from home against Kazakhstan and Iran.
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