NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger has thrown Newcastle in the mix as a potential host for national men's games this season.
Discussions with state governments, including NSW and Victoria, are ongoing in terms of possible NBL hubs for the 2020-21 competition, which was postponed until January earlier this week.
Loeliger said regional areas such as Newcastle and Wollongong would be able to support Sydney venues if NSW was eventually given the nod.
"New South Wales has everything we would need in order to be able to play in a hub if we decide to do that for part or all of the season," Loeliger said.
"Our conversations with various representatives of NSW Government have been both positive and productive.
"We are very confident of the ability to host more NBL games in NSW than would ordinarily be the case and that's underpinned by the fact that they have first class facilities both in Sydney and also in regional areas such as Wollongong and Newcastle.
"Sport and major events will be critical to the economic recovery of the state and we think the NBL can assist in this regard, potentially bringing tourists from around the country to watch their teams compete in NSW if they're not able to do so in their home cities."
Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Newcastle Basketball Stadium at Broadmeadow could be options for the NBL, but neither venue has been contacted officially.
The Newcastle Falcons and Hunter Pirates were previously part of the NBL.
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