The Wollongong Hawks' Queensland connection can't wait to see Brisbane back in the NBL.
Hawks guard Rhys Martin was born in Brisbane and debuted in the NBL with the Bullets in 2007.
His Wollongong teammate, Tim Coenraad, also hails from Brisbane and grew up supporting the Bullets before the club folded in 2008.
Word that Brisbane appears certain to return to the NBL in the 2014-15 season was well received by the pair.
"If they can get that back on track, it'd be a real positive for the town and for the league," Martin said.
"There's a lot of kids up there that play basketball, and to not have a major market like Brisbane have a team and for those kids to not have that dream of playing for your home team, it's been disappointing the last few years.
"Any expansion is good but it has to be at a sustainable rate. You don't want to grow too big, but Brisbane is a huge marketplace. There's a lot of kids that do play basketball there and people want to see games there. Being out of the league for a few years, they'll get good crowds."
Coenraad is also a fan of expanding the NBL competition.
"It's great to have another team back," the 200-centimetre forward said.
"It's nice that they're from Brisbane and that's where I grew up, but I'd be happy for any other team to come into the league, just because we need teams right now.
"The most exciting thing is that I'll get a couple trips to go see home in the next couple of years if I keep playing. It's where I grew up and it's great to see them back in the league."
Coenraad is preparing for his fifth season with Wollongong and is in no rush to leave.
"My wife and I have cemented ourselves here pretty well. This is where we call home now," Coenraad said.
Hawks general manager Stuart Wilkinson believes the presence of a club in Brisbane is crucial for the league's growth.
"There's been a lot of talk for a long time and some actions are getting put into place. Fans are going to be excited," Wilkinson said.
Meanwhile, the NBL released the draw for the pre-season Blitz tournament.
The Hawks take on Cairns in Cairns on September 7, Perth in Sydney on September 21 and Melbourne in Sydney on September 22.