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June 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Storm cuts Victoria Dunlap, clears way to possibly add Svetlana Abrosimova

Svetty.JPGStorm coach and general manager Brian Agler cut F Victoria Dunlap on Tuesday. She was acquired from Washington via trade for C Ashley Robinson in February, but missed three games due to two concussions. Dunlap averaged 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in five games this season.
A roster move was anticipated because Agler would like to sign former G Svetlana Abrosimova. A member of the Storm’s 2010 championship team, she was originally slated as a possibility after the London Olympic Games this summer. But when her Russian squad omitted her from consideration in May, that created a chance for her to play in the WNBA.
Abrosimova, a nine-year vet, also had to wait until her minimum salary ($53,000) fit under the Storm’s cap. Contracts become guaranteed July 2 and teams can begin signing players to seven-day contracts July 4.
The Storm traveled with a nine-player roster to play at Washington at 4pm on ESPN2 on Tuesday. A spot is being held for F Lauren Jackson, who’s preparing and participating in the Olympics with her native Australia. Her full salary ($105,500) counts against the Storm’s $878,000 cap, but she’ll be paid a prorated amount for games played once she returns.
“(Victoria) and I had discussions two times about this possibility,” Agler said on the team’s website. “I told her at that point that we can make another change up until July 2 and that the most important thing at this point is her health. She needed to really get some downtime to get back to feeling 100 percent. I think she is progressing, but not at the rate that we need for the good of our team. We would like to have her come back at some point, even if it’s next year in training camp, because we do think she has a chance to be a really good player for us.”
Abrosimova arrived in Seattle on Thursday, attending two Storm home games. She even worked out with Storm staff prior to the team’s win against the Mystics on Sunday. Her agent said she’ll be signed at the end of June, but Abrosimova added she’s also visiting friends in the city.
“It’s up to the team,” she said Friday the possibility of being signed.
Agler didn’t deny Abrosimova could possibly be added to the roster “in the future” on Sunday. At the time, a roster move had to be made first and he was also considering team needs and big picture, like the playoffs.
Now that a roster move is done, expect the Storm to pickup a healthy player.
*PHOTO CREDIT: G Svetlana Abrosimova after a workout with the Storm on Sunday by Jayda Evans

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