Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The Week That Was -- March 1, 2016

TOP STORY

Lightning and Storm pull off a trade

By: Chris Croucher

Chad Posthumus (Photo: London Free Press)
The London Lightning and Island Storm pulled off the first trade this season involving players already under contract. The trade saw London send Chad Posthumus sent to the Storm for fellow centre Nick Evans. While it isn't a blockbuster by any means, the trade is interesting for a couple of reasons.

The trade sees one of London's most hyped acquisitions leaving in a much quieter fashion. Posthumus had been excellent for Lightning coach Kyle Julius in his first NBLC stint with the Mississauga Power last season, averaging 24 points and 15 rebounds during his three games spent in the league. His time in London however, was far successful. While he flashed his ability in spurts for London, he never seemed to consistently put it all together, averaging a solid, but ultimately disappointing 11 points and seven rebounds.

In return, London receives Nick Evans, a gritty centre who has spent three seasons as a member of the Island Storm. Originally just a role player, Evans developed into one of the league's top reserves during his second season. Evans had started every game for the Storm this season prior to the trade, averaging 12 points and eight rebounds a game.

This trade is the ultimate potential vs. consistency trade. For the Storm, they get a player with numbers slightly lower than the player they are losing, but still come out looking rosy. For one, they were going to lose Evans anyway (which I'll go into below), so essentially, the Storm turned nothing into something. And by giving Posthumus a fresh start, they easily get the most upside in the deal, at minimum risk to themselves.


For London, they simply wanted consistency. As a team with realistic title aspirations, Evans gives them the big body at the centre position that they had hoped Posthumus would be. The trade gives London slightly better, and more consistent play, from a starting centre, as well as a level of grit and energy that they lost when Kevin Loiselle left the team.

Nick Evans (Photo: Windsor Star)


Putting things in perspective

Let's address the elephant in the room. Yes, fans and media were told that Evans would be leaving the Storm to pursue educational opportunities, but instead is playing for the Lightning. Yes, there are rumours that Evans was unhappy with the Storm, and that is the reason for the move.

So what? Sometimes fan's opinions can be skewed by their fandom of other leagues. Sure, if an NBA player did something similar to a team that has committed millions of dollars for multiple years to the player, it would be more suspect. That isn't how things are at the NBLC level. Almost every player in the league is on a one-year deal, and a cursory glance at the league's transaction page will tell you that a player could get dropped at any moment.

Therefore, why shouldn't a player try to put himself in the best position possible? At the time of the trade, Evans was the longest tenured player on the Storm. After spending three seasons on one team, in a league where it is rare to see a player stay in the same place for that length of time, Evans has done more than enough for the Storm franchise. Let the guy play where he wants.


STARTING 5

G- Doug Herring Jr. (Saint John)
- Seems like he's on the list nearly every week, averaged 24.5pts, 11asts and 8rbds

G- Dexter Strickland (Moncton)
- Still going strong, averaged 22pts, 8asts in three games this week

F- Justin Moss (Orangeville)
- 28ppg, 7.5 rebounds in one week is some mighty impressive work

F- Brian Addison (Island)
- Only played once, but 26pts, 10rbds was enough to earn POTW from the league

C- Stephen Maxwell (London)
- How does 67% shooting sound to you? Averaged 21.5pts, 15.5rbds this week

GAME RECAPS
Feb. 24: NIA @ LDN
Feb. 25: SJ @ MON
Feb. 26: NIA @ HAL, ORG @ WIN
Feb. 27: NIA @ MON
Feb. 28: MON @ ISL, LDN @ ORG,  HAL @ SJ

TRANSACTIONS

Halifax
- Feb. 24: Activated Joseph Bertrand from Injured Reserve. Released JerShon Cobb.

Island
- Feb. 26: Released George Beamon.
- Feb. 27: Traded the rights to Nick Evans to the London Lightning for Chad Posthumus.
- Feb. 27: Signed Shawn Vanzant to a qualifying contract offer. Moncton matched the offer, therefore signing Vanzant.

London
- Feb. 24: Placed Garrett Williamson on injured reserve. Signed and activated Ed Horton.
- Feb. 27: Traded Chad Posthumus to the Island Storm for the rights to Nick Evans. Signed and activated Eric Kibi.

Moncton
- Feb. 24: Placed Kason Cheeks on injured reserve. Signed and activated Jamil Terrell.
- Feb. 28: Matched contract offer for Shawn Vanzant from Island Storm's original qualifying offer, therefore signed Shawn Vanzant. Placed Derek Hall (dislocated shoulder) on injured reserve.

Niagara
- No transactions

Orangeville
- Feb. 26: Placed Brandon Austin (groin) on injured reserve. Signed and activated Da'Quan Brooks.

Saint John
- Feb. 25: Activated Anthony Stover from injured reserve list. Released Modibo Diarra.
- Feb. 26: Signed and activated Chris Smith.
- Feb. 27: Placed Jabs Newby on injured reserve. Signed and activated Mike Anderson.

Windsor
- No transactions

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