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Cotton set to exit Wildcats



Perth Wildcats star Bryce Cotton has reportedly walked out on the final year of his contract with the franchise, according to reports.


Rumours were rife the three time NBL championship player, two time MVP and two time Grand Final MVP would leave the Wildcats after a recent financial agreement between the Australian Basketball Players Association (ABPA) and the NBL.


As one of the high profile and highest paid players in the league, Cotton's salary was set to take a 50% hit in NBL21 as a player earning more than $200,000.


The agreement allows players to opt out of their current contract by May 4, with Cotton informing the club today of his decision to exit. He will not be able to join any other NBL club for next season.


He averaged 22.9 points per game in the 2019-20 season, winning both the regular season and Grand Final MVP in a dominant campaign that ended in Perth's championship.


He joined the club in January 2017, leading his new side to a memorable championship just three months later.


Cotton is set to attract major interest from leagues in Europe, should they be given the green light to resume.



IMAGE: Perth Now.

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