Delly considering Aussie swansong after finishing NBA career

Matthew Dellavedova may finish his career in Australia's NBL once his playing days in America come to an end.

Dellavedova is in the prime of his career having joined the Milwaukee Bucks on a $US38m deal last July after winning the 2015-16 NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Back in Australia during the NBA offseason, Dellavedova told ESPN that he was impressed by the growth of the NBL and admitted the lure of playing in his home country at the back-end of his career was strong.

While hoping to extend his time at the top level for as long as he could, the 26-year-old said he would seriously consider one day returning home to play in the Australian competition.

"I want to play for as long as I can because I love the game," he told ESPN. "I definitely want to play in the NBA as long as I can, and for the Boomers of course ... but I have thought about it [playing in the NBL later in my career], and I would like to if my body is still feeling good and if a team wants me.

"I think it'd be cool to play in front of family and friends and live in Australia again after being away for so long.

"I look at what [former NBA player and now Melbourne United veteran] Dave Andersen has done and a few of the other guys who have played in Europe for a long time, who have come back to the NBL and, [it is] especially [attractive] being a shorter season.

"The league seems to be heading in the right direction so hopefully it continues to grow. It's something I'd definitely like to do. Hopefully it's a while away but it would be a lot of fun."

NBL boss Larry Kestelman said the league would welcome Dellavedova "with open arms."

"While it would still be several years away, we'd love to have Delly playing in the league, and any other big-name Australians playing overseas," he told ESPN.

"We've had pretty strong support from the NBA guys -- we totally respect their desire to play at the highest level and achieve everything they can overseas. But our goal is to get every great Australian basketballer playing back here. We want them all when they're ready to come back."

Dellavedova said a strong NBL was vital to the sport's future in his home country, and, as much as he could, he kept close tabs on the on-and-off court developments in Australian basketball.

Dellavedova said that many American basketball fans and experts were now taking notice of the NBL after No. 21 NBA draft pick Terrance Ferguson, selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in June's draft, spent a year with the Adelaide 36ers having opted out of the U.S. college system to instead learn the ropes in a professional environment Down Under.

"It's smart by the NBL to encourage that because all people were talking about [regarding Ferguson] on draft night was the fact he played in Australia instead of going to college for that year," Dellavedova said.

"If guys are starting to think about not going to college, and instead play professionally, it could be a really attractive option because it [Australia] is pretty similar to U.S. culture, [with] no language differences.

"I definitely think [more and more college players may consider the NBL as a pathway to the NBA] and I think if Terrance has a good start to his career, it'll become more of an option.

"I want to see the NBL doing well because it's great for basketball in Australia. We [Australian players] all want the NBL to be doing well because we care about basketball in Australia and we want to help grow the game for the kids who are playing and supporting it."