LIONS BAG CLARK, OTHER MOVES AFOOT

Milton Keynes and Essex have made moves – but there are a bunch of potential deals in the works.

American guard Kris Clark has become Mike New’s second addition to his Milton Keynes Lions roster – filling the void left by EJ Harrison’s departure to Glasgow.

The 6’2″ playmaker is a graduate of Utah State University where he was the starting point guard for two years. And he is scouted as an explosive guard with great quickness and acceleration while a solid shooter his strength is in ball-handling, ball distribution and defensive quickness.

Lions Coach New said, “Kris is just what we need and he is everything I have been looking for, a very capable young man who can deliver the ball where we want it when we want it whilst having the ability to score as and when required.”

Elsewhere, Essex Pirates have re-signed UK trio Colin Sing, Jamel Anderson and Alan Metcalfe for next season. And coach Tim Lewis admits he may add at least one American import. “I felt we lacked some experience last season,” he said.

Mersey Tigers and Sheffield Sharks are both understood to be interested in signing veteran Great Britain guard Nate Reinking. The American-born shooter, who previously played for the Sharks, has not been offered a new deal by Belgian club Mons.

However the Tigers have failed to close a deal with GB captain Drew Sullivan, who wants to put any further discussions on hold until the end of the international campaign. “I’ll wait until it’s over now,” he said.

GB back-up Eric Boateng has revealed there is a “90%” chance he will accept an invite to attend Denver Nuggets training camp. The ex-Brixton forward played sparingly in his senior year at Arizona State but spent some time on the New York Knicks summer league roster last month. He could yet end up in the D-League or make a return to Europe for his rookie professional campaign.

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