For­mer Storm guard joins Monc­ton team

Al Ste­wart to play for for­mer coach

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Monc­ton Magic signed for­mer Is­land Storm point guard Al Ste­wart to a deal for the 2017-18 Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League of Canada sea­son.

Ste­wart, a for­mer NBL all-star and two-time de­fen­sive player of the year, joins his ex-Storm head coach, Joe Salerno, whose con­tract wasn’t re­newed by the Storm and he moved on to the Magic.

The Chicago, Ill., na­tive has also played for the Lon­don Light­ning and is sec­ond all-time in games played in the NBL with 187.

In other news, the Storm placed cen­tre Mike Al­li­son, guards Jahii Car­son and Terry Thomas and for­wards Akeem El­lis, Alex Richter and Brad States on its pro­tected list.

The six can’t be ap­proached by other teams for con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions un­til the start of train­ing camps. How­ever, the Storm has the right to match the of­fer.

Mean­while, the Orangeville A’s won’t be part of the league for the up­com­ing sea­son, cit­ing dif­fi­cul­ties of reach­ing its goals in a small mar­ket on its web­site.

That drops the NBL down to nine teams for 2017-18.

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