Andrej Lemanis is optimistic there are exciting times ahead for the Bullets.
Andrej Lemanis is optimistic there are exciting times ahead for the Bullets.

Lemanis optimistic after Bullets release Holt

BRISBANE coach Andrej Lemanis says the Bullets can do something "very special" this NBL season if they find the right replacement for departed import Stephen Holt.

The fourth-placed Bullets (5-6) released the underperforming Holt on Tuesday, with the American unhappy about the club pursuing another import guard which would have diminished his role.

Ahead of clashes with reigning NBL champions Melbourne (9-3) this Saturday and Monday, the Bullets are in the market for a point guard and Lemanis said finding a good fit could help Brisbane go to another level.

"It could make us very special if we get the right person,'' Lemanis said.

"We've got a good group together, we are starting to build and grow. (Import) Lamar (Patterson) is starting to fit in, he's been with us for about a month now and we are starting to understand him better.

"We've got some really nice pieces in place. We've just got to ensure that whoever we bring in adds to that rather than subtracts.

"It can happen tomorrow, it might happen in two weeks, we've got to find the right guy. That's the most important thing. We've got to find the guy who helps us to be better.

Stephen Holt has left the Brisbane Bullets.
Stephen Holt has left the Brisbane Bullets.

"We're not looking for someone to come in and be a superstar.''

 

With Holt choosing to leave, Brisbane have a bigger budget to play with and want a guard capable of playing off the ball as a shooting guard as well as backing up starting point guard Jason Cadee.

Lemanis said there was no point in Holt staying if he was uncomfortable with being pushed further down the bench.

"We were always in the market in terms of bolstering our team with another import. It got to a point where Stephen asked the question if his role would be reduced,'' he said.

"The answer was 'possibly yes' because we were looking for another guard.

"Our intent was always to add, not replace. We had that third import spot available.

"He wasn't that comfortable with his role potentially being reduced, was a little bit unhappy. When a player is unhappy, there's no point forcing him to stay.''

Lemanis said Brisbane's international representatives from last weekend's FIBA World Cup qualifying window had returned fit, focused and firing on all cylinders ahead of the double-header weekend against United.