By John Matisz/London Community News
The London Lightning (9-2) have made another trade, sending guard Nick Lother and a first-round draft pick to the Moncton Miracles (0-10) today (Dec. 7) in exchange for Tristan Martin.
London general manager Taylor Brown told London Community News the 6-foot-3, 191-pound shooting guard is scheduled to suit up for the league-leading Lightning for the first time this Saturday at the John Labatt Centre versus the Oshawa Power.
"He's probably the best Canadian in the league. We actually wanted to draft him," Brown said. "He's a scorer, not a point guard, and he plays tough, good defense."
Martin, a 29-year-old from Toronto, was drafted seventh overall by the Quebec Kebs in the 2011 National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) Entry Draft. He did not play for the Kebs, instead signing with the Miracles.
In 10 games this season as a point guard for the lowly Miracles, the former University of Houston player averaged 9.9 points and 1.8 assists in 18.5 minutes.
Lother, on the other hand, averaged 2.2 points while shooting 28 per cent in nine games as a point guard for the Lightning. The 5-foot-10 University of Winnipeg product will head east to last place Moncton.
The first-round choice included in the deal will come from the 2012 NBL Entry Draft.