Wildcats out of WA as COVID changes NBL | Ralph Lauren

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The Perth Wildcats will be relocated outside of Western Australia for at least the rest of the month amid upheaval of the NBL schedule.

The Wildcats are flying to Sydney on Monday after a five-day lockdown was announced in their home state because of COVID-19.

The Perth outfit will remain outside of WA until at least the end of February, with their scheduled home game on Friday night against the New Zealand Breakers postponed.

NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger says the relocation of the Wildcats will allow them to continue to train and play.

“We thank all of the Perth players, coaches and staff for their support in what is obviously a challenging time for everyone,” Loeliger said in a statement on Monday.

“All of our clubs have shown tremendous professionalism and a determination to make this season happen despite the ongoing challenges and we will continue to do everything we can to support them.”

Loeliger said the Wildcats would remain outside of WA until the completion of the NBL Cup due to start in Melbourne on February 20.

All nine NBL teams will be stationed in Melbourne and play each other once in the cup, a new initiative in the NBL season.

The cup will run concurrent with the NBL season proper, with results forming part of the championship season.

The 36-game NBL Cup competition will offer $150,000 in prize money to the team finishing top, with $100,000 to the runners-up and $50,000 to third place.

A schedule for the cup has yet to be released.

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