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Luuuc
Earlier this month

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WNBA 2017 Season

With the signing period already underway this thread is overdue.

In a nutshell so far:

* Tamika Catchings, Penny Taylor, Swin Cash & Delisha Milton-Jones have retired
* As has Jayne Appel-Marinelli, but it just didn't quite seem right to put her name in the same sentence as those 4 champions

* Angel McCoughtry is taking the season off. Good luck Atlanta, you'll need it!

* Plenette Pierson has signed with Minnesota as a free agent

* 3-team trade with Kia Vaughn & Bria Hartley going to NY, Carolyn Swords going to Seattle, Seattle's #6 draft pick going to Washington

* Phoenix traded pick #5 + Isabelle Harrison to San Antonio in exchange for Danielle Robinson
(Phoenix will also be without Mistie Bass this season due to pregnancy, so suddenly their front court stocks look a bit low. I wonder if Cayla George will have another crack)

* Connecticut traded Aneika Henry-Morello to Atlanta in exchange for Reshanda Gray. (meh)

* The big Elena Delle Donne trade to Washington hasn't been officially announced, but shouldn't be far away. I hope they're not waiting for a quiet news day in Washington DC to do it! ;)

* Some rumblings about a significant trade involving Phoenix - presumably Candice Dupree. That could be awkward.

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Draft date is not yet set but should be mid-April

Season tips off on May 13th

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Melb Fan
Earlier this month
09:50 3 Feb 17

Reply #622114

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Does anyone know the status of the Aussies in the league, considering so many of them took the 2016 season off to focus on Rio.

From what I've gathered it seems Jarry is heading back to Minnesota (hopefully she can get those knees right after having to come home prematurely from France), Bec Allen is staying with the Liberty, O'Hea / Bishop will stay in Seattle, Leilani will also stay with the Mystics and I'd assume that Phillips would stay in Dallas. Tolo is supposedly taking the season off to focus on playing in Europe.

Which Aussies do you think will be able to step up and make a roster this season?


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
10:02 3 Feb 17

Reply #622116

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Phillips afl.

Only 2-3 players look like WNBA material
Allen, O'hea and Mitchell.
Talbot maybe?


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
10:37 3 Feb 17

Reply #622119

re: WNBA 2017 Season

I've heard Carley Mojivc has had offers in the WNBA


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
10:38 3 Feb 17

Reply #622120

re: WNBA 2017 Season

The AFL season is only 7 weeks long so Phillips will be back in Dallas with the Wings.

Talbot may finally have a crack with Phoenix? She was drafted by them 2-3 seasons ago.

Mitchell will get a gig somewhere and Allen would be a certainty for New York


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Luuuc
Earlier this month
10:57 3 Feb 17

Reply #622123

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Yeah it will be interesting to see whether Talbot & Mijovic finally head over for a try, and how they go.
Probably not the ideal timing for Carley given the Mystics now have 2 stars who are both 4's in Delle Donne and Meesseman.

(the Delle Donne trade is now official, with Chicago receiving Stefanie Dolson, Kahleah Copper & the #2 draft pick in return.)


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,
Earlier this month
12:18 3 Feb 17

Reply #622131

re: WNBA 2017 Season

will Liz ever head back ?

Will Whitcomb get a camp invite ?


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
12:20 3 Feb 17

Reply #622132

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Whitcomb has signed in the WA SBL already. Stupid decision but she's probably comfortable here with her partner


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new yoga pants
Earlier this month
12:21 3 Feb 17

Reply #622133

re: WNBA 2017 Season

can see Allen moving further forward into Opals program with a good Lib season


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new yoga pants
Earlier this month
12:22 3 Feb 17

Reply #622135

re: WNBA 2017 Season

will Coates be no. 1 pick ?


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
12:26 3 Feb 17

Reply #622137

re: WNBA 2017 Season

I think Bishop's contract has finished.


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Luuuc
Earlier this month
12:38 3 Feb 17

Reply #622140

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Would Sami not have a WNBA out clause in her SBL contract? In an interview earlier this season she mentioned still having WNBA aspirations. I hope she gives it a go because she is capable.

Speaking of Huskies, Kelsey Plum seems to be the popular prediction for #1 pick at the moment.


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
12:44 3 Feb 17

Reply #622141

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Abbey Bishop will be playing SEABL in Australia this season!


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
12:47 3 Feb 17

Reply #622142

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Are these the only Aussie girls that are WNBA calibre?
Mitchell
Whitcomb
Allen
O'hea
Jarry
Talbot
Mijovic
Tolo
Cambage


Maybe...
Seekamp?
Blicavs?

Pretty much the new opals squad..


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Melb Fan
Earlier this month
12:59 3 Feb 17

Reply #622144

re: WNBA 2017 Season

On Whitcomb, I doubt her WA SBL contract would stop her from heading to the WNBA should the opportunity arise - Tess Madgen a few years back was signed with the Sabres in the SEABL but got out of the contract when she got the chance with the Mercury. I think it's just the safe option for them to take what's being offered when it's being offered, especially when it's so cut throat to make the WNBA rosters.

I'd like to see Blicavs try out in the WNBA, I saw an interview a few weeks ago and she said she was currently signed with Geelong SEABL but alluded to not ruling out other opportunities overseas should they arise. I really think only she, Mijovic and Whitcomb are the only Aussies in the WNBL currently who would have a chance at making a roster for the first time this year.

I wouldn't be surprised if Seekamp and Talbot also got their first gigs either this season or the next, and ditto with Madgen getting another shot at it (although I'm probably biased because I support the Boomers!)

On Cambage, I hope she does go back over to the states this season, though I'm not holding my breath on it coming to fruition.


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Luuuc
Earlier this month
13:04 3 Feb 17

Reply #622146

re: WNBA 2017 Season

I have always thought that Steph Cumming could work in the WNBA (and the Opals for that matter). She's got good size/strength, she's as tough as they come, quality defender, and if you leave her alone she'll stick the jumper out to the 3 point line. Like anyone trying to break in, it's largely about finding the right fit with a team's style and needs.


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
13:11 3 Feb 17

Reply #622149

re: WNBA 2017 Season

I don't think it would be her SBL contract either that stops her. I think she has signed in the SBL as her desire to leave WA for the WNBA has passed with everything else in her life being here.


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
13:19 3 Feb 17

Reply #622154

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Cumming has been underrated for sure. But there are so many good guards in the WNBA, won't get a chance imo. She's how old now? 25-26?
Ebzery in the Same position.


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
13:20 3 Feb 17

Reply #622155

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Did whitcomb get married or something?
Has she expreseed desire to play for opals?


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Melb Fan
Earlier this month
13:22 3 Feb 17

Reply #622156

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Definitely agree on Cumming, though I heard she's taking this SEABL season off and she's getting married in her time off, but I guess things could change if she got given a WNBA opportunity. I reckon she'd be a handy find for most teams.


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
13:28 3 Feb 17

Reply #622159

re: WNBA 2017 Season

opals future pg looks pretty grim if you take out Mitchell who is 31-32y.o


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
13:40 3 Feb 17

Reply #622161

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Left up to...
Lavey
Mansfield
Clydesdale
Wehrung
Wallace

Will be very interesting to see who will stand out over next couple of years.


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new yoga pants
Earlier this month
14:00 3 Feb 17

Reply #622169

re: WNBA 2017 Season

I am sold on Blicavs being worth a camp invite - she has size and skill to play WNBA


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Luuuc
Earlier this month
14:06 3 Feb 17

Reply #622175

re: WNBA 2017 Season

"Has [Whitcomb] expreseed desire to play for opals?"

Yes this season she has expressed desire to play both Opals and WNBA basketball - naming both of those things as goals for her immediate future.
(~37 minute mark of this podcast: http://98five.com/player/Podcast/index.php?name=SBL2501161101.mp3


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ANON
Earlier this month
16:30 3 Feb 17

Reply #622208

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Are these the only Aussie girls that are WNBA calibre?
Mitchell
Whitcomb
Allen
O'hea
Jarry
Talbot
Mijovic
Tolo
Cambage


Maybe...
Seekamp?
Blicavs?

Pretty much the new opals squad..



I would think Seekamp would have to establish herself at WNBL level before that step happened. Apart from her being from leftfield IMO the rest I have no argument with.


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
16:48 3 Feb 17

Reply #622210

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Polish league not up there with wnbl?


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
21:21 4 Feb 17

Reply #622504

re: WNBA 2017 Season

It isn't Euro league so no not really


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Luuuc
Two weeks ago
12:28 7 Feb 17

Reply #623195

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Kristi Tolliver leaves the champs and heads back to her old stomping grounds to join the Mystics.
They're a team on the rise and should be fun to watch too (also easy to score against unless Mike Thibault can work some magic with some notoriously average defenders)

Given they have a very small PG in Ivory Latta and now a very small SG in Tolliver, I think it's safe to say that if Leilani Mitchell plays in the WNBA this year it won't be back in DC.


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Luuuc
Two weeks ago
10:22 8 Feb 17

Reply #623368

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Cayla George has signed back on with Phoenix


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Luuuc
Two weeks ago
10:23 8 Feb 17

Reply #623369

re: WNBA 2017 Season

I guess I should mention that Bec Allen signing back with NY is official too, not that that one was ever in doubt.


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Melb Fan
Two weeks ago
13:54 8 Feb 17

Reply #623384

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Good to see Cayla getting her spot back at Phoenix, same with Bec although I agree that one was never really in any doubt. Hopefully in the coming days/weeks some more Aussie signings keep rolling on through!


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Luuuc
Two weeks ago
09:26 9 Feb 17

Reply #623510

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Steph Talbot to Phoenix

Sami Whitcomb to Seattle

:D


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Luuuc
Two weeks ago
09:49 9 Feb 17

Reply #623512

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Former Rockingham Flames (WA SBL) import Emma Cannon - the woman largely responsible for Sami Whitcomb ending up in Perth - signs with Phoenix.

Asia Taylor signs with Washington


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Luuuc
Last week
09:17 15 Feb 17

Reply #625385

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Leilani Mitchell becomes the 3rd aussie to sign with the Phoenix Mercury for this season.


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Luuuc
Last week
11:33 15 Feb 17

Reply #625414

re: WNBA 2017 Season

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Anonymous
Last week
12:38 15 Feb 17

Reply #625425

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Jarry Minnesota
Whitcomb Seattle
Allen New York
Francis Phoenix
Talbot Phoenix
Mitchell Phoenix

Ohea?
Bishop?
Tolo?
Cambage?


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Luuuc
Last week
12:46 15 Feb 17

Reply #625428

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Tolo has already said she won't be playing WNBA this season. She's taking some time off to prepare for another season in Europe.

Cambage has some important Groovin The Moo commitments that will prevent her from playing with the Wings this season.

I remain hopeful that O'Hea will return to Seattle, but I haven't heard any news about her for ages. I think she fits in well there backing up Clark at the 3 spot

Bishop: ? Is there a spot for her on the roster anymore?

Also don't forget Erin Phillips. She's still scheduled to return to Dallas this season.


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Anonymous
Last week
12:53 15 Feb 17

Reply #625431

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Is Liz any good on the tables? Anyone seen her?


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Luuuc
Last week
13:05 15 Feb 17

Reply #625437

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Oops, I got the team wrong for Rachel Jarry.

(The radio guys said Minnesota and she didn't argue so I just assumed. My bad)


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Melb Fan
Last week
15:03 15 Feb 17

Reply #625467

re: WNBA 2017 Season

That Jarry interview was great, a bit off topic, but the things she was saying about Rio were quite interesting to say the least. I'm glad to hear that she's heading back over to the States though, and I hope she can get her knees right very soon.

I wonder how many more Aussies will sign on in Phoenix - yet again they're building quite an Aussie oriented list which is great to see.

I'm a bit curious about Liz, it seems a bit odd that she's not playing any basketball and it doesn't seem like she will be participating in the WNBA season either.. Then again I feel like she doesn't want to do what everyone else is so her choosing not to play doesn't really surprise me.


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Anonymous
Earlier this week
11:58 19 Feb 17

Reply #626368

re: WNBA 2017 Season

Jarry renounced by Minnesota.


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