In a shock move, the Townsville Crocodiles have decided not to re-sign NBL MVP Corey Williams.
Crocs chief executive Ian Smythe said a move in a new direction made it necessary for the club to let the loud-mouthed former New York street baller go.
"It comes on the back of having gone so close in the past four years and not getting to that grand final round," Smythe said.
"Our recruitment and retention committee looked at the make-up of the side and (Williams) featured very early on in the discussions we had.
"But as other players dropped out and others became available, the decision was made to try and remedy some of those things that have kept us out of the finals in the past.
"And that meant changing up the point guard position."
Williams, 32, told the Townsville Bullettin he was shocked with the Crocs' decision to end his three-year stint in Townsville, of which he was informed via email.
Williams is sure to attract attention from other NBL clubs, with Melbourne and Sydney already being linked to moves for the firebrand guard.