Plymouth Raiders release Liam Potter
MARJON Plymouth Raiders have released 7ft British centre Liam Potter for financial reasons.
The 26-year-old, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, had remained on a rolling, month-to-month deal since joining Raiders initially on trial in pre-season in mid-September.
Potter (left) was recruited to cover a serious knee injury to then club captain Anthony Rowe, who has since joined Leicester Riders.
Raiders, who signed Swedish-American big-man Andreas Schreiber on January 19, say they cannot afford to have nine senior professionals on their 2012/13 roster.
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Schreiber, offensively, is more talented than Potter and completed 36 minutes off Raiders' bench across their two contests at the weekend.
Potter remained unused in Friday's stunning 98-81 home defeat to strugglers Durham Wildcats and did not make the BBL Championship trip for Sunday's 103-70 win at Mersey Tigers.
Raiders coach Gavin Love said: "Liam's done a fantastic job for us, but, at the end of the day, we've got nine players on the roster now and, budget-wise, we can't roll with nine."
Love added: "Liam was on a month-to-month contract. We were looking to keep him for the season, but it hasn't worked out that way.
"He's a good guy and he's really improved in his time with us, but these things happen.
"It was a club decision and they're always difficult, but sometimes you have to make them."
Potter averaged 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14 minutes per game and 17 appearances in the league this season.
His exit leaves Love with guards Rod Brown, Michael Ojo and Drew Lasker, wing-men Colin O'Reilly and Jamal Williams, and big-men Javarris Barnett, Matt Schneck and Schreiber to play in a core eight-man rotation.