Monday, January 30, 2006

Free Agent Analysis

The Minnesota Lynx official blog has put up some information on the WNBA free agent pool, it is focused on the needs the Lynx roster has, but is interesting. I do have one thing to say to their front office. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF LJ! OK, we know that this isn't really necessary, obviously she is cored by the Storm, is a restricted free agent and holds loyalty to the franchise, but STOP even thinking about it.

It did not sink in for me until I saw the list that both Dawn Staley and Ticha Penicheiro are unrestricted free agents this season. Neither is likely to leave their current teams, but either is a GREAT option for the Storm since veteran defense at the point is sorely needed. With Zara gone the only option at the point outside of Sue right now is Tanisha Wright. I think she is stronger for the Storm at the 2 guard, so I am sure we will see something done by the coaching staff and front office to shore up the point in free agency. I doubt that hole is filled solely in the draft.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Harrower?

Patrick said...

I like Kristi's numbers as a starter last year, she doubled her minutes and upped her scoring, rebounds and steals without adding a lot of turnovers. Unfortunately, her assists didn't rise all that much either. I am going to look into each of the point guards available and see what the overall picture looks like later this week.

Patrick said...

Harrower has a defensive rating of 93.23 by the way, but she is still under contract.

Insane Platypus said...

LJ is not cored.

Kristi would make a solid backup guard but I don't think she'd slide in under the Storm's cap.

Patrick said...

The webfooted, duckbilled, furry one is correct. As a restricted free agent LJ does not need the core tag. The Storm can match any offer made by other teams. They can save their core designation for other players. Teams are allowed two core designations total, and they last the length of the final contract signed after core designation.