Guard Scotty Hopson's star turn for the NZ Breakers has helped his pursuit of a permanent spot in the NBA.
The 30-year-old, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the Aussie NBL, has re-joined the Oklahoma City Blue G-League outfit - the feeder team to the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
"It’s just another opportunity plan to the NBA," Hopson said. "I pretty much knew it could happen going into this season with the Breakers, depending how far we got or how soon the season was finished.
"[I knew] I'd have an opportunity to come back and play.
"Unfortunately, we're not making the playoffs, it’s nice to have an opportunity to come in and play some basketball, so I took advantage of it."
Hopson has previously played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Named the Breakers' Most Valuable Player for the 2019/20 ANBL season, Hopson hasn't completely ruled out a return to Auckland.
"When that season is over, I will evaluate all possible opportunities in the NBA, as well as the Breakers."
Last week, Hopson's fellow American teammate Sek Henry signed a deal to return to Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv.