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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Former UConn guard Montgomery headed to Seattle

The overhauling of the Connecticut Sun roster continued in a major way with former UConn guard Renee Montgomery was sent to Seattle along with the No. 3 and 15 picks in the upcoming draft to the Seattle Storm for veteran forward Camille Little and guard Shekinna Stricklen, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

"This is a significant move for both teams,” Connecticut Sun General Manager Chris Sienko said in a statement. “Based on our immediate needs, Camille and Shekinna help fill specific roles now and in the future. Of course, to get value, you have to trade value. We wish Renee much success in the future."

Little, a 6-foot-2 former North Carolina standout, averaged a career-high 12.9 points per game last season. Little has been a double-digit scorer in five of the last six seasons and will add experience to a frontcourt hurt by the loss of reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year Chiney Ogwumike for much if not all of the upcoming season after she underwent knee surgery earlier this month.

"Camille is a player we’ve had eyes on for quite a while,” Sun coach Anne Donovan said in the release announcing the trade. “She has championship experience that will be extremely valuable as we continue to develop our young talent. She is a premier small forward in the WNBA and a stretch four we are excited to acquire.”

Stricklen is a 6-foot-2 guard/forward out of Tennessee who has averaged 8.4 points in three seasons with the Storm, and scored a career-high 10 points per game in 2013. She has 138 career threes, and has shot 34.8 percent from behind the arc in the WNBA.

“We are super excited to get another young talent like Shekinna,” Donovan said. “She has proven to be a consistent threat from the three point line. Her length, athleticism and experience are a needed addition to our perimeter.”

Montgomery, acquired in the trade that sent Lindsay Whalen to Minnesota and gave the Sun the No. 1 pick used to select former UConn star Tina Charles, played five seasons in Connecticut, averaging 11.4 points per game. She stands fifth all-time in team history with 245 made threes, and her 543 assists with the Sun rank third.

With Montgomery's departure, the Sun is left with Kelly Faris as the lone UConn product on its current roster. Coming off a season when she averaged 7.7 minutes and 1.1 points per game, Faris is not guaranteed to make the 2015 roster. If that is the case and no UConn product is taken in the draft, the Sun could be without a former UConn player for the first time in franchise history.

The Sun still has the No. 4 overall pick in the upcoming draft.


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