The Malaysia Basketball Association will be reintroducing a local league starting in the last quarter of 2017.
At the forefront of this revival are the KL Dragons, who have always been active in Malaysia basketball development by playing in the ASEAN Basketball League as the Westports Malaysia Dragons. The Dragons have been the first team to confirm their participation in the domestic league and it is expected that there will be 5 other teams to follow suit.
In this year’s edition, the league will be holding what is referred to as a “Trial League” which will be active from early September to late November. With the expected participating teams currently at 6 in total, they will be playing in a double-round robin format every weekend with 3 games per day. Due to a compressed timeframe caused by Malaysia hosting the SEA Games 2017, the league’s playoffs will be in a knockout format in the final weekend.
As of this moment, all games are scheduled to be played at the refurbished MABA Stadium. However, the league noted that they are welcome to other venues that are interested, provided that they can comply with the requirements like parquet flooring and lighting system because they are trying to work with Astro Arena to broadcast the games.
Teams will be allowed to sign at most 2 foreign imports with a salary cap of $2,500 per player. However, the imports will be signed by the league and then later drafted by the teams themselves. Teams can suggest their preferred players for the league to sign, but there is no guarantee that they will be able to draft said player. The league is considering methods to make the draft order fair for all teams including an initial roster strength evaluation to give the relatively weaker teams a higher draft pick.