Breakers sign import Levi Randolph
The New Zealand Breakers have agreed to a mutual release with Lamar Patterson and signed import guard Levi Randolph for the remainder of NBL21.
Patterson, an All-NBL First Team member in NBL20 was limited to just six games for the Breakers averaging 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. The forward has been sidelined with a knee injury that came against the Hawks on February 22.
In his place, New Zealand have signed Randolph who most recently played with the Canton Charge in the NBA G League suiting up in 15 games this season and averaging 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Prior to suiting up in the G League, Randolph played in France and Italy following a four-year college career at Alabama.
Head Coach Dan Shamir addressed Patterson's release, and the need for a change to the roster.
"The circumstances with Lamar have been difficult from day one," Shamir explained.
"When we signed Lamar, we knew it was going to be quite some time before we could get him with the team because of COVID border restrictions entering New Zealand."
Shamir pointed to the challenges of playing away from New Zealand as contributing factors to the fit.
"The current world situation is tough for a lot of teams in a lot of countries, but the New Zealand Breakers are one of the most complicated situations of all," says Shamir.
"We don't have a home base, and there are a lot of external reasons which led to this unsuccessful situation with Lamar and obviously, it didn't work."
Shamir explained the role of Levi Randolph will differ from that of Patterson, although complimenting existing pieces of the Breakers' roster.
"It is no secret in basketball you need creators, and losing both major creators in Lamar and Corey requires replacing them," says Shamir.
"Levi is a different player to Lamar, and Will is a different player again, but in terms of being a functional team, it gives us good weapons.
"Both are ball guards who can create for others, and once Corey comes back, we will have firepower in our backcourt."
Immigration formalities mean Randolph will likely join the Breakers in three weeks with another new signing Will McDowell-White finishing quarantine in two weeks.