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Ex-LA Clipper Travis Leslie signs Kings NBL deal

Travis Leslie #23 of the Utah Jazz handles the ball during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Sydney Kings have signed former LA Clippers guard Travis Leslie for the 2017/18 NBL season.

The explosive playmaker from Atlanta, Georgia boasts a quality resume from his time with multiple franchises in the NBA, D-League and Europe.

Leslie's raw power and skill is a significant addition for the Kings after the departure of Greg Whittington .

The 193cm, 93kg 27-year-old will form an imposing back-court alongside Australian Boomers duo Kevin Lisch and Jason Cadee.

Leslie continues a Kings tradition of securing high-flying imports, following on from Dwayne McClain, Leon Trimmingham and Isaac Burton.

Sydney coach Andrew Gaze spotted Leslie last month during his stint with the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach.

"I was fortunate to be able to see Travis' strengths up-close over a decent period of time during Indiana's summer program. In speaking with Jeff about what we want to do this year, we felt that Travis would be a fit for that - he's a talented player, athletic and strong and brings a versatility that we think is really valuable," Gaze said.

Leslie, who has the ability to play a number of positions on the floor, was looking forward to a successful season with the Kings.

"I would like to thank coach Gaze and the Sydney Kings organization for this amazing opportunity. I'm very excited to be a part of the Kings family and can't wait to put on that purple and gold. I've heard nothing but great things about the organization, fans, and the city. I Can't wait to get things started with my new teammates and coaches and I'm looking forward to singing "the kings are having a party" victory song a lot this season," Leslie said.

The Kings open their season on October 7 at home to the Adelaide 36ers.