Plymouth Raiders talks with trialist break down
MARJON Plymouth Raiders boss Gavin Love is set to sign a big-man to cover Anthony Rowe's absence – but it is not likely to be British centre Phil Wait.
Wait (right), 25, hails from Stockport and trained with Raiders on trial last week.
He averaged 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 16 minutes per game for Monmouth in Division One college basketball in the USA last season.
However, it now appears he has priced himself out of a late move to the Pavilions.
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Raiders entertain Team USA Select at the Pavilions tonight in their opening pre-season friendly (7.30pm).
This evening would have been an ideal opportunity to run the rule over Wait in an organised game, but Love said: "Phil has gone. It's 50-50 whether he's going to come back to Plymouth or not.
"He's not going to play tonight and we're not going to break our budget."
Love added: "If people want to ask for too much money that's up to them.
"We are going to sign someone, but I'm going to take my time. Our first game is not until September 30 now."
Rowe is set to miss the opening six-eight weeks of the season with a left knee problem.
Raiders' opening scheduled BBL Championship contest at Leicester Riders on September 22, has been postponed.
Love said: "If possible it would be nice to see trialists play in the pre-season games, but if it's not it's not."
Minus Rowe, Love has only small-forward Colin O'Reilly, rookie Javarris Barnett and Matt Schneck to rotate inside at power-forward and centre.
"I think we have to get someone in. We can't go with a six-man rotation," said Love.
"We've essentially got four guards and three big-men this year, so when one of your big-men goes down it would be too much to ask Matt and Javarris to do all that work on their own."
FOR FULL PREVIEW OF TONIGHT'S PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – SEE PAGE 38