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Finn Delany, Breakers mutually part ways

Finn Delany NZ Breakers ANBL basketball
Finn Delany has been released from the second year of his contract with the NZ Breakers. PHOTO: ANBL

The NZ Breakers and Finn Delany have agreed to a mutual release from the Kiwi forward's contract.

Delany signed a two-year deal ahead of the 2023-24 Australian National Basketball League (ANBL), but at the end of the first season of that deal advised the club he would be pursuing opportunities overseas.


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"We thank him for his immense contribution across two spells at the club, and he will have a warm Spark Arena welcome when he returns," the Breakers said via social media.


The move was expected as the Breakers had not included Delany's name among players on the roster for 2024-25 in press releases.


"I will miss the energy in Spark Arena and playing for a home crowd. I'm so grateful for the club and all those I worked with at the Breakers," said Delany.


The 28-year-old played eight seasons with the Breakers, across two stints, with his most productive season coming in 2020-21. He was named in the All-ANBL Second Team, with averages of 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists.



The NZ-born Delany joined the club in 2015, when he signed on as a development player. He grew at the club to become one of its star players, until departing for Germany at the end of the 2021-22 season.


After returning to the league, he suffered a calf injury in the first half of the season, which left him watching from the sidelines for seven weeks.


Delany averaged 9.3 points a game in 182 games for the Breakers.


The Breakers currently have American guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, NZ-born NBA draft pick Mojave King, former Philadelphia 76er Jonah Bolden, Tall Blacks forward Sam Mennenga, and Australians Mitch McCarron and Dane Pineau on their roster for next season.


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