Summary of recent personnel changes in the league

June 5, 2012 2:55pm
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As we enter our 3rd week of the WNBA season, we have seen a series of personnel changes as coaches and GMs have had some time to evaluate rosters and make some changes whether it be chemistry or injury related.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Atlanta Dream: Courtney Paris was waived last night, as the Dream signed journey women Jessica Moore. Paris’ fate was most likely sealed before the Chicago game as she did not play against the Sky, despite the game going to overtime, and Atlanta’s less than stellar bench.

Chicago Sky: Ticha Penicheiro is set to come back from injury after being out to start the season. As Nate Parham of Swish Appeal discussed today, Penicheiro has historically been a good distributor,  a quality needed for the turnover prone Sky. Pokey Chatman has explained that they did not want to rush Ticha back from injury and are taking it slow with the longtime veteran.

Connecticut Sun: No personnel changes

Indiana Fever: No personnel changes

New York Liberty: No personnel changes

Washington Mystics: No personnel changes

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Los Angeles Sparks: After tearing her ACL before the season, the Sparks released Zoll and picked up guard Coco Miller, who played last year in Atlanta. While Miller did not make a huge impact on the Dream, she did play in over 30 games, averaging 17 minutes a game. With the lack of guard depth, and Tolliver and Beard both playing over 32 minutes a game, Miller gives the Sparks another body. While I wouldn’t count on Coco to make much of an impact, her intensity could strike a chord with Carol Ross’ aggressive defensive schemes. Nicky Anosike is also injured and expected to be out until after the Olympic break.

Minnesota Lynx: No personnel changes

Phoenix Mercury: Diana Taurasi is out indefinitely with a hip flexor strain. To fill the roster spot, the Mercury picked up Andrea Riley who played for the Tulsa Shock last season and was cut by the Mercury during training camp after she was traded to the Mercury for the older Temeka Johnson. While I believed she had a shot to win the starting point guard job, it makes you wonder when she did not even make the team to start the season, given the trade for her. Like Miller, Riley is another body the Mercury need off the bench, but hard to expect her making a big impact.

San Antonio Silver Stars: Tangela Smith is out for at least a month following knee surgery. While the Silver Stars are in need of some size, they might actually have a better answer in Ziomara Morrison who got a season high 7 minutes (ok, so only 7, but it felt like more) against the Lynx, helping San Antonio cut a 25 point deficit to 7 with just under 2 minutes to play. (closest they got was 2, but with under 2 seconds to go)

Seattle Storm: The Storm have discussed adding Svetlana Abrosimova, who was expected to play for the Russian national team before they announced not needing her services. It is expected that Agler would cut either Dunlap or Clark to make room for her which is a move that could happen by the end of the month.  This could be a move to keep an eye on, as Agler said this is the only WNBA team she would be playing for.

Tulsa Shock: No personnel changes

 


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