The Wollongong Hawks are banking on American import Durrell Summers being cleared for take-off for this weekend's trials against Sydney.
Coach Gordie McLeod was hoping Summers would debut at last weekend's NBL pre-season Blitz tournament.
But the Hawks are yet to receive official clearance from Summers' former club in Venezuela.
"It was disappointing that we didn't get to see Durrell play and what he's going to be able to give us," McLeod said.
"Hopefully that clearance is coming in the next day or so. If we don't get it from Venezuela, then there's other avenues we can go through with FIBA, so obviously we'll be endeavouring to do all that because he needs to get in and get some game time, as well as practice time."
Wollongong lost Saturday's game 95-75 to eventual Blitz champions Perth before bouncing back with a 101-98 overtime-win over Melbourne on Sunday.
The Hawks' pre-season record stands at 1-4 heading into this weekend's trials against Sydney.
Friday night's hit-out is at Sutherland Basketball Stadium, while the Hawks host the Kings at the Snakepit on Sunday afternoon.
McLeod was heartened by his side's performances against Perth and Melbourne.
American guard Rotnei Clarke averaged 21.5 points over the two games, while centre Larry Davidson averaged 20 points.
Guard Tyson Demos had 20 points against Melbourne, forward Tim Coenraad had 11 points and 16 rebounds, while Oscar Forman chipped in 14 points and seven boards.
Tickets for Sunday's clash with the Kings are on sale at the Hawks office.
Wollongong's first game of the 2013-14 NBL season is against titleholders New Zealand on October 10.