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July 16, 2006 at 9:49 PM

Douglas loves the Sun

News reports out of Indianapolis have created a little stir for Connecticut guard Katie Douglas since she won MVP honors at the All-Star game July 12. The city’s newspaper intimated that the six-year vet wants to play for the Indiana Fever, being a native of the state that attended Perry Meridian High in Indianapolis.
Well, Douglas does have a new home in the city where she said her MVP trophy will make an excellent accent piece. And she would love to play in front of old fans and family, but, and that’s what the reporter left out of the story.
“A lot of my ‘buts’ didn’t make it into the article, which is fine, I understand, he has an opinion and by no means am I upset at him, that’s the nature of his business,” said Douglas, excusing the columnist for misinterpreting her words.
“But, like I told him, I’m a loyal person and even though I’m an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, it’s a no-brainer that my loyalties are in Connecticut and this is where I want to be.”
The New London Day in Connecticut spoke with management to discredit the article’s tone on Saturday, yet Douglas and Sun coach Mike Thibault added their own words before playing Seattle on Sunday.
The league’s collective bargaining agreement expires in October, although there’s an option to pickup the 2007 season unless certain provisions are met. Douglas is in the final year of her contract, making her an unrestricted free agent when free agency opens in January, but the Sun already plan to make her a core player, meaning the team gets sole rights to renegotiate a contract. Unless the new CBA changes the rules, Douglas should be paid the 2007 league maximum of $93,000 with incremental increases thereafter on a possible three-year contract.
“It was a ridiculous article for the first part because all of the stuff she said about wanting to stay in Connecticut he just didn’t want to print,” Thibault said. “He put it in the slant that he wanted to. And that unrestricted free agent thing in our league is bogus right now because if you can have two core players, it’s not an issue. She will be a Connecticut Sun.”

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