The South East Melbourne Phoenix and New Zealand Breakers will be relocating to Tasmania to train for the upcoming NBL season.
NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said given the current situation in Melbourne the league would relocate the teams to Hobart.
"This will give us time to assess and work through the next steps required as we prepare for the forthcoming NBL Season," he said.
"We hope the current restrictions and resulting border closures will be eased as quickly as possible but we will need to stay flexible in our approach and we will continue to be guided by the advice of the relevant state health authorities."
A state government spokesperson confirmed rumours had been circulating about NBL teams coming to the state.
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"Some preliminary discussions have been held between the Tasmanian Government and the NBL around the potential for some NBL teams to be temporarily relocated to Tasmania for training purposes," the spokesperson said.
"Any relocation would be in accordance with any current border restrictions pertaining to Tasmania air and sea ports."
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ESPN NBL reporter Olgun Uluc first tweeted on Thursday that New Zealand NBL team the Breakers had been told they would be flying to Tasmania on New Year's Day.
"New Zealand Breakers players have been told that they're flying out to Tasmania tomorrow morning. They had been based in Melbourne since early December," Uluc's tweet read.
Later that day, Aussie basketball royalty Andrew Bogut joined the fray, tweeting "potentially an NBL season from Tassie? Hearing some rumblings...".
Loeliger said the league was also planning to move the Albury-based Sydney Kings and Illawarra Hawks given the NSW COVID-19 situation.
"Melbourne United is currently in Cairns where it is scheduled to play preseason games against the Taipans tonight and this Saturday," he said.