Plymouth Raiders have signalled intent by landing Great Britain guard Andrew Lawrence.

The 2012 Olympian, who started last season with the soon-to-collapse London City Royals, is the club’s first signing under its wealthy new ownership, with Will Neighbour – who has spent the shutdown doing extensive outreach work for the club – also retained.

Lawrence, with experience of big leagues in mainland Europe, will lead their charge.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity of playing for a club with such a rich history and becoming a Raider,” the 30-year-old said.

“This is an exciting time for the franchise. I’m glad to be a part of it and will hopefully help bring silverware to the city.”

Plymouth are understood to have also held advanced talks with Lawrence’s international team-mate Ashley Hamilton in what is expected to be an upgraded roster from last term.

“It’s great to have GB international Andrew Lawrence sign for the Raiders which demonstrates our intention as a club of wanting to be one of the top teams in the country,” head coach Paul James said.

“Andrew has all the qualities and ability we are looking for in a player as we rebuild the Raiders and the team and club forward. Andrew has played at a high level throughout his career and has wealth of experience. We’re very much looking forward to working with him.”

Sheffield Sharks signed American small forward Antwon Lillard from Canadian NBL side Island Storm.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to continuing my professional career in Sheffield. I’ve had a lot of communication with their management and coaching staff and I feel like this will be a great fit for me.”

Cheshire Phoenix have landed a deal with British swingman Jerelle Okoro.

Photo: FIBA


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