CHARLOTTETOWN – The Island Storm has traded veteran Greg Plummer to the Mississauga Power.
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Greg Plummer in action for the Summerside Storm during National Basketball League of Canada action at Eastlink Arena in Summerside last season.
In exchange for Plumber, cash and a third-round pick in the 2014 National Basketball League of Canada Draft, the Storm receives league all-star Nick Okorie.
"We have been struggling as of late to score on a consistent basis,” said Storm head coach Joe Salerno. “We feel Nick will bring that scoring punch night in and night out that we seem to be lacking.
“Not only can he flat out shoot the basketball, he has the ability to create his own shot, get to the rim and make the right decisions. We feel at this point in the season, this was a move we had to make to help us achieve our ultimate goal this season, an NBL championship."
Okorie, who has scored 1,171 career points for an average of 18.5 points per game, is a career 46-per-cent shooter from the floor and has shot 40 per cent from the three-point line.
This year, Okorie is eighth in league scoring while averaging almost 18 points a game while shooting 44 per cent from the field.
Plummer leaves the Storm with 1,058 career points at 16 per game. This season, Plummer was averaging 14 points per game – good for 20th in league scoring.
"We appreciate everything Greg has done for this team and organization over the last season and a half, and wish him all the best with Mississauga,” said Salerno. “The Power also just received a very good player."
This trade ends a busy week for the Storm, who earlier signed six-foot-11 centre Phil Jones and six-foot-seven shooting forward Ed Jones.
The Storm hosts the London Lightning at Eastlink Centre on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s game is ‘P.E.I. Minor Basketball Night’ as each minor basketball player on P.E.I. who wears his jersey to the game accompanied by an adult will receive a ticket.