Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Lynx executed a sign-and-
trade deal that sent guard Sugar Rodgers to the New York Liberty in exchange
for the right to swap third-round picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft.
Uncasville, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - A blockbuster trade went down during
Monday's WNBA Draft, with the Connecticut Sun trading 2012 league MVP Tina
Charles to the New York Liberty for a package that included highly regarded
rookie forward Alyssa Thomas.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The Associated Press is reporting that the Connecticut Sun has traded 2012 WNBA MVP Tina Charles to New York, in return for Kelsey Bone, the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2013, plus whoever New York selects with its No. 4 pick this year and a first-round draft pick next year. The story was attributed to unnamed sources, but was repeated by ESPN at the top of its draft broadcasst.
Could Chelsea Gray turn out to be the steal of the 2014 WNBA Draft?
Gray, the slashing, athletically built Duke point guard, sat out the bulk of the 2013-14 season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured kneecap sustained during Duke's Jan. 12, 2014 victory over Boston College.
No matter what happens in the 2014 WNBA Draft, it is safe to say that, unlike 2013, no one draft pick will result in a team being tabbed as the presumptive league champion before a single regular-season game is played. Last year when Phoenix picked up Brittney Griner with the first overall pick, many were skeptical that any team in the league would be able to beat the Mercury with its new combo package of Diana Taurasi and the 6-8 Griner anchoring the paint.
There's not a team in the Eastern Conference without significant needs to be addressed as the 2014 draft approaches. Chicago vaulted from “worst to first” in terms of its regular-season record, but that progress was quickly negated in the playoffs. Indiana, the team who swept Chicago, returns all of its healthy players from last season, but may require immediate-impact players to compensate for two key losses. Atlanta is still searching for a way to relieve some of the pressure on Angel McCoughtry, players who can take the Dream from a WNBA finalist to league champions.
NEW YORK, April 10, 2014 – Odyssey Sims of Baylor, winner of the 2014 Wade Trophy as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year, and Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, this year's Wooden Award winner, a four-time First Team All-American and two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, headline a list of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.