Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:03

Pioneers Extend Lavoie, Turner

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KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - The Kansas City Pioneers released a statement today announcing that they have extended the contracts of two starters, PG Mack Lavoie and C Joe Turner.  The extensions came just a few days after the team traded backup PG Larry Burt to the Denver Demons, a move made to clear enough budget space to be able to offer extensions to both players.

Turner signed a 3 year extension worth $9,945,000 (roughly $3.3 million per season).  Turner has started 23 of 31 games this season at center and is averaging 5.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks in 25.9 minutes per game.  Turner currently ranks third on the team in total rebounds (207) and second in total blocks (66).

"Joe Turner has established himself as key role player for us, he brings effort and energy to the hard work of protecting the paint and cleaning the glass.  We're happy to have Joe under contract for another three seasons" said Pioneers GM Ben Johnson in the statement.

Lavoie, an OBWL All Star and third team All OBWL player last season, signed an extension worth $75,196,015 over four years (roughly $18.8 million per season). For the season, Lavoie is averaging 18.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.0 steals in 29.5 minutes per game.  One of the best two-way players in the game, Lavoie has been a sparkplug as the floor leader for the Pioneers since coming over from London in the Colby Allan trade.

"Mack is one of the top players in our league.  We are thrilled we were able to reach an agreement that will keep his toughness, competitiveness, and clutch mentality driving our team for four more years" said Johnson in the statement.

A few hours after the announcement, Lavoie posted the following on Instagram: 

"Excited to be staying in KC for the long term.  Coulda got more $$$ in free agency but those teams with cap space don't have the roster we got here in KC!  Me and my guys are focused on bringing the chip to the 8-1-6!!!"

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