June 15, 2011

Nats Trade Grant to Lizards; Will He Report?

from staff reports

Hamilton traded John Grant Jr. in an effort to get younger, said Nationals GM Jody Gage. It remained unclear Wednesday morning if Grant would report to his new team, the Long Island Lizards.

Update: Mule Says Grant Will Play Thursday

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced a major trade Tuesday evening that will bring Hamilton Nationals attackman and former two-time MLL MVP John Grant Jr. to the Long Island Lizards after two years with the Nationals.  

“John Grant Jr. is an unbelievably great player,” said Jody Gage, general manager of the Hamilton Nationals.  “We’re in the process of rebuilding and we’re going with the younger guys right now so we [took advantage of] an opportunity for a draft pick, but also we’ve got to get our young guys in the lineup."

The MLL veteran played for the Rochester Rattlers for five years before spending two years with the Nationals.  He won two MLL Championship titles, one with the Rattlers in 2008 and one with the Nationals in 2009.  He is the only MLL player to have received the “Warrior Offensive Player of the Year” award three times.

The trade also includes recently drafted midfielder and face-off specialist, Adam Rand, who was the Nationals' sixth-round draft pick.  Hailing from Stony Brook University, Rand was the 31st overall pick in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft.

When the Nationals picked up Matt Dolente from the MLL Player Pool on Monday, Gage said, the trade “was an opportunity [for Rand] to play somewhere else.”

The Long Island Lizards will give the Nationals their second-round draft pick in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft in exchange for Grant and Rand; a fourth-round draft pick if Grant does not report. It remained unclear as of Wednesday morning of Grant would do so.

Grant has four goals and four assists in three games this season, with all four goals coming in the Nationals' Week 4 triumph of the Rochester Rattlers.

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