Melbourne United say they are still planning to host their opening round clash with South East Melbourne Phoenix in Bendigo next Sunday despite the NBL moving to temporarily send its Victorian and New South Wales-based sides interstate.

The Phoenix and the Melbourne-based New Zealand Breakers both flew to Hobart on Friday where they will continue training until the league is happy Victoria won’t face further travel bans from other states due to COVID-19 cases.

Sydney Kings and The Hawks remain in Albury after being moved last week as cases grew in greater Sydney and talks continued on Friday about whether they would also head to Hobart or another state or territory with no COVID-19 cases.

Melbourne United are having a training camp in Cairns while playing pre-season games against the Cairns Taipans. They scored a 97-81 win over the Taipans on Thursday and it remains unclear if they will extend their stay, come home this week or head to another location.

But United issued a statement on Friday to say they still planned to play their opening game but would delay ticket sales for their second and third home games, which were both scheduled for Bendigo Stadium.

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