Former Breakers head coach Dean Vickerman will keep his mitts off his former charges after accepting a new role.

Vickerman has been appointed as an assistant coach at the Sydney Kings, working under former teammate Andrew Gaze.

Free agency is underway for the Australian basketball league, but Vickerman won't be taking any Breakers across the Tasman with him.

He says they'll leave those Breakers players alone.

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Vickerman says it will be incredibly tough coming back to coach against the Breakers on their home floor.