With WNBA player contracts becoming guaranteed for the season on Wednesday, today is what the league terms its “midseason cutdown.” As part of that, the Storm waived center Tye’sha Fluker after last night’s win over the Liberty.
Storm Head Coach Anne Donovan confirmed after today’s practice that the Storm is looking to use that roster spot to sign a player, likely a guard. Nagging injuries that have bothered Sue Bird (sore left knee) and Betty Lennox (right Achilles tendinitis) make depth in the backcourt potentially a bigger need right now, especially since the Storm’s backup guards have not been as productive as reserve posts Wendy Palmer and Ashley Robinson.
“Our guard play is something that we’re looking at,” said Donovan. “Obviously, that’s why we let a post player go.”
Donovan expects to sign another player, most likely to a seven-day contract, within the next week. Though Donovan was not asked about experience, salary-cap considerations will likely limit the Storm’s options to non-veteran players, those with three or fewer years of experience.
- Lauren Jackson talked after practice about being named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.
“I feel pretty good about it,” she said. “I think I’m playing a little bit better. I think there was other very deserving players – I think Penny (Taylor) definitely deserved it also. It’s an honor to get it.”
Wanted to call out something from the press release. Did you realize that, with Cheryl Ford falling below the number of games needed to qualify for the league leaders, Jackson now leads the WNBA in points, rebounds AND blocks per game? Wow.
- Jackson sat out the last part of practice, just to rest, while Palmer did not practice for precautionary reasons after experiencing some bursitis (swelling) in her right elbow.