THE NBL will welcome back a team from Brisbane next year, while interim chief executive Steve Dunn hopes the demerger with Basketball Australia will finally go ahead in the coming weeks.
Brisbane haven't had a team in the NBL since the Bullets folded in 2008.
The brains trust behind the relaunched NBL have identified an urgent need to regain a foothold in the Brisbane market.
Although there won't be time to achieve that ahead of the coming season, which tips off on October 10, it's almost certain to be given the green light for the following year.
Dunn said places like Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand were among the contenders for a second team down the track.
But Brisbane remained the top priority, with the NBL likely to become a nine-team competition in the 2014/15 season.
"We need a team in Brisbane before anywhere else," said Dunn, who is also a co-owner of NBL side the Sydney Kings.
"We need one, we want one, we'll make it happen.
"That's one of our major objectives.
"I think we'll be spending a lot of time getting Brisbane up and running, and then working out the next market we need to go to."
The demerger between Basketball Australia and the NBL was meant to go ahead several months ago.
But complications in transferring the existing TV rights deal with Channel Ten from BA to the NBL delayed the process.
Dunn hopes the demerger will go ahead by the end of the month.
Under the existing deal with BA, NBL clubs are required to contribute a $250,000 bank guarantee in order to compete in the competition.
That figure will be reduced to $50,000 once the demerger is finalised.
The pool of money will be used by the NBL to provide assistance to any clubs who fall into financial trouble.
Although clubs will find it much easier to come up with a $50,000 bank guarantee under the demerger, the reduced payment comes with a catch - they must give the NBL access to their financial accounts throughout the year.
"We will be completely across all clubs on a monthly basis, especially those that we believe may need more financial analysis done," Dunn said.
"Each club is now going to be a shareholder of this new league, so if one club does something wrong, it will affect all clubs financially."
The Townsville Crocodiles almost folded last season due to crippling debts but have since been saved under a community-owned format.