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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Familiar names on WNBA waiver wire

I'd have to wonder if you put a team together with players waived by WNBA teams on Thursday, how many games would they win?

Among the prominent names on the waiver wire are former North Carolina stars Erlana Larkins, Latoya Pringle and Ivory Latta, both former first-round picks cut loose by New York, Los Angeles and Tulsa respectively.

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, former UConn standout Ashley Battle was cut by Indiana, former Rutgers post was among three players let go by Los Angeles while former LSU products Erica White (New York) and Quianna Chaney (San Antonio) were also sent packing. LA also waived former Rutgers post Rushidat Junaid, who had a strong preseason for the Sparks.

I know the Sun have serious salary cap issues but of all the names out there right now, Junaid jumps out at me is somebody who can help out the Sun while dealing Connecticut only a minor cap hit. Although it has not shown up on the transaction wire yet, Connecticut cut rookies Judie Lomax and May Kotsopoulos meaning the Sun will likely go into Saturday's season opener against Chicago with nine available players since Asjha Jones is still recovering from offseason surgery and Sandrine Gruda has not reported yet.

White's situation and that of Lisa Willis (cut by Los Angeles) irks me. Willis was waived two days after being picked up by Los Angeles while White was signed by New York on Wednesday and cut on Thursday. What gives? OK, I'll cut LA some slack since the Sparks acquired Kristi Toliver (more on that in a little bit) but why would NY sign a player one day and cut her the next?

Now for the biggest news of the day - Chicago trading Toliver, the third overall pick in last year's draft, for Los Angeles' second-round pick in the 2011 draft. Unless Chicago is going out of its way to increase the chances of earning the No. 1 overall pick (better known as the Maya Moore sweepstakes) I don't know what the heck they are doing. First, they passed on Renee Montgomery and DeWanna Bonner among others to take Toliver third overall and now they trade her away for what figures to be a late second-round pick in next year's draft. I already was scratching my head at the three-way trade which had Chicago trading Candice Dupree to Phoenix and now another of its first round picks is gone.

If my math is correct, four of the top 10 picks in the 2009 draft are no longer with the team which drafted them. Toliver is now in LA, No. 4 overall pick Renee Montgomery was part of the trade which sent Lindsay Whalen to Minnesota and allowed the Sun to take Tina Charles with the first overall pick in this year's draft. Courtney Paris was picked seventh by Sacramento. The Monarchs folded and she was acquired in the dispersal draft by Chicago. The Sky waived Paris on Wednesday. Chante Black, taken with the 10th pick by Connecticut, was part of the deal with Tulsa which netted the Sun the seventh overall pick in this year's draft.

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