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The Oita HeatDevils assembled one of the league’s top rosters, a smart collection of veterans, and produced nine victories over their first 14 games, fewer wins than only one club in the 10-team Western Conference — the perennial powerhouse Ryukyu Golden Kings. More of the same appears impossible.

Oita’s financial woes will likely signal the team’s decline as a Final Four-contending team and league officials held talks in recent days, attempting to cobble together enough resources to remain afloat.

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