Storm releases Dixon, adds two more bigs

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Renaldo Dixon

The Island Storm released a player and added two more Tuesday as it tries to find the right mix for opening night.

Renaldo Dixon, a six-foot-nine, 220-pound centre from Toronto, was released this morning.

“Just wasn’t quite the fit we were looking for and that happens in training camps a lot,” head coach Joe Salerno said before Tuesday’s practice.

Dixon and small forward Brent Jennings were acquired a month ago from the London Lightning for Nick Okorie.

“Renaldo is a good player, but he was certainly the second piece of that trade,” Salerno said. “Brent Jennings was kind of the headliner and has been playing extremely well.”

The Storm is trying to fill the roster for opening night on Boxing Day when it plays the Saint John Mill Rats at the Eastlink Centre at 2 p.m. Canadian power forward Dwayne Smith’s decision to leave the team earlier this week to play in Mexico has the Storm searching for the right mix of players.

They have added centre Paul Cooper, who played last season with Mississauga, and power forward/centre Brian Addison, who played in Halifax two years ago.

“We’re not quite where we wanted to be,” Salerno said.

The additions mean the Storm has 14 players in camp and must get down to 12 by Wednesday night. Salerno added another cut could be made tonight.

The head coach said there is a possibility the paperwork for one of the new players may not be completed in time to have him on the opening night roster.

The Storm has lost both its exhibition games, including Monday in Moncton, and point guard Gary Gibson has missed most of training camp with an ankle injury.

“We’re certainly nowhere near where we need to be at,” Salerno said. “I think the guys recognize that after last night.”

Organizations: London Lightning for Nick Okorie, Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Toronto, Mexico, Mississauga Halifax Moncton

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