Illawarra Hawks sign Michael Frazier as new import

Former Houston Rockets and Perth Wildcats guard Michael Frazier II has joined the Illawarra Hawks as a replacement for injured import George King.

At 193cm tall, Frazier made 13 appearances for the Rockets in the 2019-20 NBA season and prior to that, was a member of the club's G League affiliate Rio Grande on their run to the 2019 title.

The 28-year-old last played in the NBL with the Wildcats in the 2021-22 season and averaged 7.84 points and 4.63 rebounds in 22.62 minutes of game time.

He arrives in Wollongong this week and is expected to be available for selection against South East Melbourne on Sunday.

"As a coaching staff, we were united in our want for the club to attract the best possible talent available, and we feel we have done that in the acquisition of Michael," Hawks coach Jacob Jackomas said in a statement.

"He is a willing defender with great size and strength, and be it at the three-point line or getting downhill and attacking the basket, we feel like he will make an immediate impact on the group."

The last-placed Hawks confirmed on Sunday that King would miss the remainder of the season with a persistent lower leg injury and planned on completing rehabilitation at home in the USA.

King's was the second season-ending injury suffered by a Hawks import after Justin Robinson went down with a meniscus tear one week into the season.

The Hawks have won only one of their first 10 games under Jackomas but in their most recent match, came close to upsetting reigning champions Sydney, who scored a three-pointer at the buzzer to win.