Phoenix sack American NBL import Devin Thomas

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South East Melbourne have terminated the contract of import Devin Thomas following a series of contract and code of conduct breaches.

Thomas failed to play a game for the Phoenix in what quickly became a nightmare move to the NBL.

The 27-year-old was forced into 14-day quarantine on November 25 when his flight from Sydney contained a COVID-positive passenger.

Thomas' doomed stint at the Phoenix ended on Thursday when the club released a short statement saying they had terminated his contract.

The Phoenix didn't provide details about the breaches.

"Thomas was terminated following multiple breaches of contract and breaches of the Phoenix code of conduct," the club said in a statement.

Thomas began his professional career in 2017 playing with Spanish club Bilbao Basket, before plying his trade in Israel, Hungary, Argentina, and Latvia.

South East Melbourne are now on the lookout for another import.

Their bid to land Boomers guard Dante Exum fell short when the 26-year-old signed a three-month deal with Barcelona.

That deal expires on February 28, meaning Exum could still potentially join the Phoenix later in the NBL season.

Exum is a part-owner of the Phoenix.

The Phoenix sit second on the ladder with a 3-1 record.