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Machado Confirms Taipans Departure

Star point guard Scott Machado has confirmed he will not return to the Cairns Taipans next season.

Machado announced the news on Instagram, where he thanked the Taipans and their fans.

“It has been real, both on and off the court! Through all the ups and downs, I am forever grateful,” Machado wrote.

“You have allowed me to set foot in the land down under (Australia) and I had a chance to call North East Queensland (Cairns) home.

“I got to learn what ‘mate’ truly means and realised Vegemite wasn’t my thing, no matter how much butter you add. Nonetheless the country itself is absolutely astonishing.

“I want to thank the people that have been around from the beginning to the end. The ones that made it enjoyable to stay an extra two years and even the ones that didn’t come along on the full ride.

“I appreciate you all, especially the fans #OrangeArmy I love you. Leaving the same way I walked in. Can’t wait to see what’s next!”

Machado joined Cairns in 2019 and instantly established himself as a fan favourite and one of the league’s premier guards.

He was named in the All-NBL First Team, and was the runner-up MVP, in 2020.

The 31-year-old battled injuries this season and averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 assists per game.  

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