Storm, Rainmen deal fails to materialize

Jason Simmonds
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HALIFAX – The rivalry between the Summerside Storm and Halifax Rainmen may have intensified on Sunday.

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According to a media release issued by the Storm, the two National Basketball League of Canada teams had a verbal agreement for a trade that would have featured an “impact player” coming to Summerside in exchange for a second-round pick in next year’s draft and cash considerations.

The release says Storm ownership agreed to the deal, which would allow the Rainmen player to play for Halifax in Sunday’s head-to-head meeting between the teams at the Metro Centre. The deal was to be announced right after the game, and the new acquisition was to travel to Summerside with the Storm. Out of respect for the Rainmen player, notes the media release, the Storm will not release his name.

The paperwork for the deal was to be submitted to the league office on Sunday morning, but the Rainmen backed out.

To make room for the player coming to Summerside in the deal, the Storm announced the release of centre Ayodokun Akingbade on Sunday morning. The release also went on to say “a major player announcement” was coming following the game in Halifax.

“We’re really disappointed,” said Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw. “We look at any opportunity to make our team better.

“We negotiated in good faith, made a deal and released a valuable player to make room for the player we were acquiring. We took the Rainmen ownership at their word, and were let down.

“We’re really disappointed. We look at any opportunity to make our team better. We negotiated in good faith, made a deal and released a valuable player to make room for the player we were acquiring. We took the Rainmen ownership at their word, and were let down. We apologize to our fans for the changing story, but will continue to work at making our team better every day.” Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw

“We apologize to our fans for the changing story, but will continue to work at making our team better every day.”

Rainmen owner Andre Livingston confirmed the two teams had a verbal agreement. He went on to say he was of the understanding the Rainmen had another player coming in, but that deal fell through at the 11th hour. When that happened, Livingston said he was not about to make his team “vulnerable” by trading a player and not having a replacement.

“We discussed a possible trade, we agreed verbally to a deal for a player of ours,” said Livingston. “A player we thought we had a deal with (to come to Halifax) made a decision not to come, and we were trying to get another deal in place, which we couldn’t and we rescinded the deal.

“I can understand them (Storm) being disappointed because they really wanted this kid. However, until a deal is signed, sent to the league and approved, it’s a verbal agreement. Like I explained to them, I understand their disappointment of it, but it happens at every level of professional sports. . .”

jpsports@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Metro Centre

Geographic location: Summerside, Halifax

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  • billy
    November 28, 2012 - 21:19

    Well its typical of Summerside to throw blame elsewhere."Hey we NEVER make mistakes!!" This line is getting old people so the old saying;Fool me once shame on you;fool me twice shame on me..................... maybe Dave Morgon can be tied into this also.......

  • What story
    November 26, 2012 - 12:10

    Oh so Livingston says one thing and does another...people want to support this circus that he (Livingston) runs? Get what you deserve.

  • AboutTheGreen
    November 26, 2012 - 11:10

    Guess it's not just Summerside politicians that release assets with no deal confirmed... At least this won't require residents to spend a ton of money on a report to explain it - one that they will never see.

  • Holy Crap
    November 26, 2012 - 04:21

    Well this is not a smart thing to do!Why would you release a player before the trade is done?? Sounds like to me he wanted to leave.Better find a better reason than to make room.Rainman are the same.But, did not release anyone.I think this is wake up to management.Don't (anger) the fans or they will not go to the games!