Joe Bryant is poised for a return to Japan.

The veteran bench boss is set to become the next head coach of the Japan Basketball League's Rera Kamuy Hokkaido, hoop insiders have told The Japan Times. An announcement appears imminent.

Bryant, who coached the Tokyo Apache for the first four seasons (2005-09) in the rival bj-league's history, did not receive a new contract after guiding the club to its second straight trip to the finals and three playoff appearances overall. The Apache, undergoing a series of major cost-cutting measures this season under new ownership, opted to give the job to ex-Takamatsu Five Arrows bench boss Motofumi Aoki.