The Storm will make its last cut and get down to a final 11-player roster for the start of the 2011 season before Thursday’s practice. Because the league’s cutdown deadline is 2 p.m. Eastern, some teams will get a chance to practice tomorrow before making a decision. The Storm, which doesn’t begin practicing until that time, won’t have that luxury. That means making a cut either tonight or tomorrow morning.
Speaking after Wednesday’s practice session, Storm Head Coach Brian Agler told reporters the coaching staff is close to a decision between guard Sharnee Zoll and center Krystal Thomas.
“Part of it has to do with the immediate health of our team, what our depth is,” explained Agler. “Then I think both of them bring special things to the table. One’s a true point guard and the other one’s a true five. We sort of need depth in both areas. I think this week, and if we get healthy, will determine who ends up on the roster.”
Because of the timing of the roster deadline, the 48-hour waiver period and the Storm’s opener on Saturday against the Phoenix Mercury at 12 noon (TIX), it would be impossible to add an outside player to the roster this weekend. However, Agler cautioned that the Storm’s roster on Saturday should be considered a starting point and not a final destination.
“That doesn’t mean it won’t change a week from now or a month now – and it may be somebody different,” he said. “We can’t add a vet minimum [player with more than three years of experience] right now, but there will be a point in the season where we could.”