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The Island Storm has acquired power forward Renaldo Dixon and the rights to shooting guard Brent Jennings in a trade with the London Lightning. The Storm will send London the rights to Nick Okorie and the fifth and seventh overall picks in the first round of the 2015 NBL Draft.
“For the last two years I have had the honour of playing for coach Joe Salerno and the Island Storm,” said Okorie.
“I truly love the community and the kindness that you have shown me over the last two seasons. However, I have decided to play out west in London due to some personal reasons. It was my decision, and I kindly asked the Storm to be traded. The Storm organization did want me to return, and offered me a contract in August.”
After turning down the initial Storm offer, Okorie signed with a team in Austria where he played two months before being released. Salerno attempted to sign Okorie once again but the shooting guard wasn’t interested in returning.
“It's tough to see Nick go, but I am pleased with the outcome of the trade,” said Salerno. “We tried very hard to get Nick to come back for his third season, but at the end of the day you want guys who want to be here.”
Salerno is excited with the players acquired in the trade.
“Renaldo is a big time athlete and someone who can add depth to our front line. Brent is one of the most talented, athletic scorers in the NBL.”
Dixon, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound Toronto native, spent four seasons with New Mexico State where he was a starter in his final two seasons. Dixon is returning to Canada after a season of pro ball in Germany where he averaged 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with the Itzehoe Eagles.
Jennings spent last season with London and put up an impressive stat line. As one of the team’s leading scorers he averaged 16 points with a 44 per cent field goal percentage.
The 6-foot-4 guard was drafted second overall in the 2013 NBL Draft by the Brampton A’s. Jennings had a pair of stops in the NBA D-League after a two-year college career at So. Poly State.
Jennings, who had yet to officially sign with London was one of the Lightning's six protected players from last season. The Storm now acquires those rights and will look to come to terms with Jennings leading up to training camp.
The NBL Draft will take place on Nov. 29 in Orangeville, Ont. The Storm currently own the second overall pick.