Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Moving and dealing, WNBA style

While the hoop world watched the silliness of the Jason Kidd trade, the WNBA quietly began its offseason player movement with a bang.

Swin Cash and Bill Laimbeer reportedly heading to Splitsville at season's end last fall. The two reached their destination Tuesday as the All-Star was traded from Detroit to Seattle for a No. 1 pick. It also signals the beginning of "Trader Brian" Agler's reign in Seattle. When he was in Minnesota, Agler would change his roster like daily clothing.

Katie Douglas traded from Connecticut to Indiana for Tamika Whitmore, a first round pick, and signing rights to Jessica Foley, who hasn't yet decided she is willing to leave her native Australia, signals Mike Thibault's off-season pledge that changes were in the offering. He also re-signed Lindsay Whalen.

Tammy Sutton-Brown also re-signed with Indiana.

Finally, while the Minnesota Timberwolves have no wiggle room to make any moves, their sister counterpart does. The Lynx signed Anna DeForge, an unrestricted free agent. The veteran guard gives the team both scoring and experience, two attributes the league's youngest club badly needs.

Minnesota also offered a contract to free agent center Nakia Sanford. However, she is a restricted free agent and Washington has five days to match the Lynx's offer. If she comes, Sanford becomes the team's starting center, which enables Coach Don Zierdan to move Nicole Ohlde to her natural power forward position.

The Lynx's two moves are impressive. As are the others mentioned on the WNBA's first day of moving and dealing.

Too bad the Kidd nonsense overshadowed it.