The Island Storm have traded the player rights of Nick Evans to the London Lightning for Chad Posthumus, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound big man from Winnipeg, MB.
This news comes on the heels of Evans informing Storm personnel of his decision to hang up his basketball career to pursue post secondary education.
“The bottom line is Nick Evans told us he was choosing to leave the team to pursue his education,” said Storm coach Joe Salerno. “Whether that was true or not, we had a large hole to fill at the center position and we filled that with, in my opinion, one of the best centers in the league.”
Salerno said the Storm had plans to build the team with him going forward.
“Nick made a decision, and obviously that decision was to not play for this organization any longer."
Evans was placed on the team’s Inactive reserve in case he were to make a return to the NBL at any point, that way the Storm would own his player rights. By owning his rights the Storm were able to trade him.
Salerno is thrilled to be getting Posthumus, a player he believes could be one of the best the league has to offer.
“Chad is an absolute work horse who will give us consistent numbers night in and night out. He is excited about the opportunity, as he felt London’s system just wasn't the right fit for him.”
In 22 games with the Lightning this season, Posthumus has averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. He is also one of the most efficient scorers in the league, with a 55 per cent field goal percentage.
“We are very happy to have Chad here, and really feel he will be a great addition to our front court.”
Posthumus is expected to arrive on the Island early next week.
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