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May 7, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Storm guard Loree Moore to have surgery on Monday

Moore2.jpgStorm PG Loree Moore will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair a tear in her left meniscus. Moore, 27, tore her left ACL as a junior at Tennessee and had a similar procedure in 2005, taking five weeks to rehab the knee.
But Moore (pictured left in AP photo on right) doesn’t have the same timeframe with Seattle. While Storm coach Brian Agler said the CBA leaves him options to retain her rights while she rehabilitates the knee — which could take up to eight weeks — he can’t keep her on the opening-season, 11-player roster. Agler will either waive or suspend Moore, who signed a training camp contract with Seattle after playing her previous five years in New York.
“With the salary cap, we just can’t go the long duration with just 10 players,” said Agler, who’s also the team’s director of player personnel. “We can’t afford to.”
Prior to training camp opening, Agler paid C Janell Burse a percentage of her near-max contract to break the final year on the deal. He also re-signed All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson to max contracts and Tanisha Wright to a higher contract. Add the WNBA’s move to shave the salary cap by $28,000 from the 2009 season and Agler was cash-strapped from the beginning.
He’ll continue to evaluate rookie PG Alison Lacey and training camp invitee Lindsey Wilson for the backup PG position. Seattle plays its final exhibition matchup on Sunday against Tulsa. Last year, Wright and Bird worked well sharing the ball-handling duties, but injuries to Olympian Shannon Johnson hurt the backcourt rotation.
“We really like Tanisha and Alison Lacey, so we’ll study that situation,” Agler said. “I expressed (to Loree) that we’re going to do everything that we can do to help her, but we also have to look out for what’s in the best interest of her team. Loree’s a pro and understood that whole scenario.”
Portland All-Star Brandon Roy returned from a similar surgery within two weeks to play in the NBA playoffs, not looking like his normal self. Candice Wiggins of the Minnesota Lynx also is undergoing the procedure, but will hold off returning until midsummer.
“Meniscus tears have such a range of the players’ ability to return,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It varies.”
Agler will also continue to scope the waiver wire for possible players as teams make cuts. One possibility who’s off the table is Australian PG Erin Phillips, who won’t play in the WNBA this season, according to Connecticut coach Mike Thibault. He tried with four teams to honor Phillips’ request to be traded and none worked, including Seattle, because the players offered didn’t fit the Sun’s needs. Phillips nixed another deal.
Moore will rehabilitate in Seattle. Depending on how injuries/the season goes, she could sign with the Storm at a later date.

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