After a shockingly slow start to the season the Millrats have basically hit the panic button, releasing three players and signing three more. Their offense struggled in the first two games so they did the logical, if not somewhat extreme, thing and signed ABA gunner extraordinaire Tommy Mitchell. I obviously think highly of Mitchell, but this move, along with the others, stink of desperation. Manchester has never been shy of shaking up their roster but by bringing in Mitchell as well as former CBA player Keith Salscheider is basically admitting that they’ve lost confidence in Desmond Ferguson, the 6’7 shooting guard who they brought in to anchor the offense. They released Kevin Mickens, John Oates and Mario Kinsey to make room for the new additions – so basically they’re giving up a centre, a power forward and a point guard to add two shooting guards and a point. The team just got smaller with a big of a log jam at the guard spot.
So why is this relevant to the Rainmen? Two reasons: first, it changes the landscape of the division in a few ways: the division is suddenly very undersized with Montreal running without any real big men and Vermont and Manchester going with one quality centre with no one behind them, it also could potentially push Manchester back into the race, or it could signal their total sense of panic at this point and undermines their long training camp and exhibitions schedule. The second reason is because I really thought Mitchell would have been a great addition to Halifax’s team. I assumed that Halifax did not pursue him because he got an overseas contract, but it looks like as of yesterday he was available (perhaps he was released from another team due to performance or the financial crisis or was waiting on a post-Christmas contract), but I do think that Halifax’s backcourt now makes a lot of sense, and I don’t think adding a guard who needs 15-20 shots a game would have fit with the rest of the pieces in the roster.
Also: Mario Kinsey is not having a good couple of months.