Chamique Holdsclaw’s brief WNBA tenure with Atlanta is over.
The six-time All-Star was released on Wednesday by the Dream after coach Marynell Meadors said the forward asked for a trade three days prior to training camp and did not report to the team.
Meadors, who said she was surprised by Holdsclaw’s trade request, says she tried to workout a deal for the team’s second-leading scorer.
The 32-year-old Holdsclaw came out of retirement and averaged 13.9 points a game last season, helping the Dream go from four wins in their inaugural season to 18 and a playoff berth last year. For her career, the 10-year veteran has averaged 17.3 and 7.9 rebounds.
The Dream signed 6-foot-5 center Yelena Leuchanka, who played on the Belarusian team.
The Sun play at Atlanta on Friday, and will be without starting forwards Asjha Jones and Sandrine Gruda. The addition of Leuchanka places further importance on the Sun's ability to rebound against a frontcourt that also includes 6-foot-5 Erika de Souza and 6-foot-4 Sancho Lyttle and and 6-foot-7 Allison Bales off the bench.