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February 2, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Swoopes waived by Storm

Swoopes2.jpgThe Storm released G Sheryl Swoopes on Saturday evening, which explains the tension at the Washington-Arizona State basketball game. Swoopes (pictured right) and the Storm upper brass were seated on opposite sides of the arena and coach Brian Agler, who’s also director of player personnel, never gave a straight or encouraging answer when speaking about Swoopes.
Turns out the move was made to loosen money under the $803,000 salary cap. Agler is trying to re-sign C Janell Burse, which could be a sing-and-trade deal if F Lauren Jackson decides to return. Agler also wants to keep C Yolanda Griffith on the roster. If Burse won’t come back for anything less than the max she signed for prior to being injured last year, having an unproductive/injury-plagued Swoopes on the roster does the Storm no good.
Bet the team is wishing for G Betty Lennox, now. Lennox, an unrestricted free agent, was an outsider in the locker room, but she was productive on the court. Agler let the shooter to be selected by Atlanta in the expansion draft and instead signed Swoopes, who was rehabilitating from October 2007 back surgery.
Swoopes, 37, had flashes of solid play and was far better for the team in the locker room, but averaged a career-low 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 29 games. She was replaced in the starting lineup by G Tanisha Wright by the end of the summer.
“It was a very tough decision to release Sheryl,” Agler said in a release. “Our free agency priorities, right now, are to secure depth both at the post and point guard positions. We were fortunate to be able to add Sheryl to our roster last year as her leadership and experience were a key part of our 22-win season. We are thankful for her contributions to the Storm on and off the court and wish her the best as she moves on to the next step in her career.”

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