Boomers coach Brian Goorjian says he was "rocked" by Dante Exum's axing from Houston, and he's urging NBA clubs to snap up the talented guard.
Exum signed a non-guaranteed three-year deal with the Rockets in September, but they waived him just days out from the start of the NBA season.
The timing has left Exum with an uphill battle to immediately land at another NBA club, given most rosters are at capacity.
It means Exum might make a high-profile switch to the NBL in a bid to reignite his NBA dream.
If Exum does return to Australia, it's most likely he would end up at South East Melbourne given he is a part owner of the club.
The NBL would need to give Exum a special clearance if he chose to play for a different team in Australia.
Exum, the No.5 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, spending stints at Utah, Cleveland, and Houston.
He was traded from Cleveland to Houston in January, only to miss the rest of the season with a calf injury.
But the 26-year-old starred for the Boomers during their bronze medal campaign at the Tokyo Olympics, averaging nine points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists across the tournament.
He shot at an elite 60 per cent from long range.
Goorjian said Exum's hot form was one of his highlights of the Games, and he's urging NBA clubs to snap him up.
"I was kind of rocked when I heard the news," Goorjian told AAP about Houston's decision to waive Exum.
"I'm just hoping that somebody else comes and knocks on his door.
"He's an NBA player. There's no doubt in my mind you're getting a good get.
"He's healthy, motivated, and multi-skilled.
"He can play the one, the two, he can guard anybody on the perimeter, he shoots it.
"He's a great kid.
"I thought Houston was a great situation for him, or maybe it can be like a Patty Mills situation where he goes to a team that's loaded and he plays that role of a good guy coming off the bench who can bring a lot to the team.
"He's got a lot of aspects to him. I absolutely believe in him."
Star Australian centre Aron Baynes, who has been waived by the Toronto Raptors, will miss the entire NBA season due to the serious neck injury he suffered at the Olympics.
Australian Associated Press