Monday, June 23, 2008

Trading post

There was an unusual amount of trade activity in the WNBA Sunday. Seattle swapped a 2009 second round pick for Atlanta's Camille Little and Detroit shipped LaToya Thomas to Minnesota for Shay Murphy.

Seattle desperately needed more depth, and essentially replaced the little-used Florina Pascalau (zero points in nine minutes played on the season) with the 6-foot-2 Little. For more, check out the Seattle Times blog.

Detroit, meanwhile, had too many power forwards, and after trading for Thomas on the day of the expansion draft, coach Bill Laimbeer has used her sparingly.

"I thought LaToya could play the 3, but coming off of last year (when she had offseason knee surgery), she wasn’t in the best shape," Laimbeer told the Shock's Web site. "It was clear she had to play the power forward, and there’s no (playing) time at the power forward."

The Lynx, meanwhile, rank near the bottom in both 3-point shooting and rebounding. Though Thomas hasn't shown an ability to do much of both in limited time this season, the former No. 1 overall pick has potential to contribute in both areas. Plus, with Minnesota's latest slide (five straight losses), it could use a move to shake things up.

That said, neither trade is hugely significant, as few (if any) in-season deals have been in recent years.

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