CYCLONES TRADE FORTIER
- By Barry Lolicht, Day 120, 2023
The Miami Cyclones today traded Reggie Fortier to the Denver Dragons in exchange for Orien Young and the Dragons 2025 1st round draft choice.
General Manager Barry Lolicht praised Fortier, saying that "Reggie was the heart and soul of our team while he was here. He was a great locker room leader and his hustle and defensive play was an example of what we are looking for in all of our players." We feel that he will do very well with the Dragons and help his new team.
Lolicht also said that "with this trade we are confirming to everyone that 5th place in the Eastern Conference is not good enough. Just making the playoffs is not the goal of the Miami Cyclones. We intend to become an elite JBL team and contend for championships. The team that we had with Reggie combined with the salary cap made it impossible for us to improve the team. This trade gets us under the cap this year and since Young's contract is expiring, it gives us cap flexibility next season as well as an additional first round draft choice in 2025.
Lolicht said that the team is not giving up on this season. Although Fortier is gone, Lolicht was excited to add Orien Young and stated that the veteran will move into the starting lineup at power forward. The hope is still to make the playoffs for this season. Tywan Liggins will get more playing time at small forward and Lolicht indicated that team management and the coaching staff are excited to see how he responds.
Lolicht refused to comment on speculation that Jamaine Curry will also be dealt before the deadline. Sources within the Cyclones say that offers are being accepted for Curry and they are open to dealing him if the price is right but will only trade him if it will benefit the team.