The National Basketball League of Canada allows each competing team to assemble a seven player protection list and the Sudbury Five took full advantage to try and build on a very successful opening season, hoping to bring back a number of athletes whose play helped the team rank among the very best in the league in average attendance in 2018-2019.
Along with NBLC league MVP Braylon Rayson and Newcomer of the Year Jaylen Bland, the Five's list also included Maurice Jones Sr, Grandy Glaze, Travis Releford, Cory Dixon and Mamadou Gueye.
"I think there is a very good chance you will see players on our protected list return to the Five, and even many that we didn't protect return to the Five as well," noted head coach and general manager Logan Stutz.
"Players want to play in front of our fans, and that's a great feeling to have as a coach. Sudbury has quickly become a desired destination for players to play and that is greatly because of the atmosphere the organization has created and that the fans have supported."
In other news, completing a pair of late season trades that involved future considerations, the Sudbury Five confirmed the following two transactions:1) on February 12th, the Five traded the rights to Sam Muldrow to the Cape Breton Highlanders for future considerations - the team confirmed that the future considerations to be received are the rights to Chris Johnson and Jabari Craig for the 2919-2010 season
2) on February 15th, the Island Storm traded the rights to Maurice Jones Sr, to the Five, in return for future considerations - the Five have agreed to send the rights to Mamadou Gueye and Jabari Craig, for the 2019-2010, to the Storm to complete the deal