Illawarra Hawks import George King is set to miss the rest of the NBL season after returning to America for treatment on a persistent lower leg injury.
The 28-year-old forward had scans on his leg this week that confirmed a return before the end of the year was unlikely so the club will shift its attention to securing a replacement import.
King's is the second season-ending injury suffered by a Hawks import in as many months after Justin Robinson went down with a meniscus tear only one week into the season.
Previously contracted with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, King averaged 10.67 points and 4.11 rebounds per game from 23.4 minutes on the floor.
"Unfortunately, injuries and circumstances prohibited George from gaining any real consistency in his time with the club," said Hawks general manager of basketball Mat Campbell.
"While it has been a tough start to the season for the squad, we are determined to turn things around.
"We have great belief in Jacob (coach Jacob Jackomas) and our young and developing group, and with uncertainty around George's availability, the club needs to move quickly on a new piece that can provide the import help we need."
The last-placed Hawks have struggled to adjust to life after veteran coach Brian Goorjian, his successor Jackomas guiding the side to only one win in their first nine games.