Former Breakers star Cedric Jackson released by Melbourne United

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Cedric Jackson has been released by Melbourne United at the same time the New Zealand Breakers are on the hunt for a point guard to cover injured player Ben Woodside.

Jackson won three NBL titles with the Breakers and is expecting more than just banter when he faces them in Auckland tomorrow.

Jackson won three NBL titles with the New Zealand franchise before heading to Melbourne this season but has failed to return to decent form that earned him a stellar reputation throughout the league.

Melbourne United announced their decision late last night, stating the choice was made for "strategic reasons".

"It was a very difficult decision for the club to make, and it is based on giving us the best chance of winning as many games as we possibly can this season.," Melbourne chief executive Vince Crivelli said.

"We thank Cedric for his contribution to the club. Cedric is a great young man and we wish him the best in his further endeavours."

The releasing of the 30-year-old American comes at a time where the Breakers are looking for a replacement for the injured Ben Woodside who is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a foot injury.

However, reports from Europe suggest the Breakers have already secured former NBA player David Stockton - son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton.

Melbourne plan to announce their replacement for Jackson in the coming days.

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