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Seattle appears to have made their final cuts: Reshanda Gray, Kiki Herbert Herrigan and Jantel Lavender. Evina emerges from the Hunger Games to live another day.

Too bad Kiki got cut. I like her game and thought she'd make a nice pro.
 
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With their current roster in training camp, LA Sparks wouldn't have salary cap issues with a 12 player roster no matter what they did. Toliver is their highest paid player at ~$190k. They can bring all of their veterans and then choose which low priced young options they want to carry along with them.

Is Rae hurt? Is that why she didn't play in preseason games?
My understanding was for her not to play and the Sparks would try to get her designated as suspended for injury that way she couldn't be picked up by another team and would come back next year with the Sparks having her rights and the Sparks are still at 13 so one more has to go either cut or Tolliver buyout I can't see no one trading for that salary I really hope Olivia Dodson makes the team even though she played for ucan't
 

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My understanding was for her not to play and the Sparks would try to get her designated as suspended for injury that way she couldn't be picked up by another team and would come back next year with the Sparks having her rights and the Sparks are still at 13 so one more has to go either cut or Tolliver buyout I can't see no one trading for that salary I really hope Olivia Dodson makes the team even though she played for ucan't
That's good for Rae (the suspension, not the injury). Do you know what her injury is?

Guessing Amy Atwell and Lexi Brown are more expendable than ONO. Sykes, Toliver, Carter, and Canada should take care of their guard needs, and all of them but Sykes can play PG as well. ONO wouldn't play much, but she'll be in good position for when Chiney decides to move on to her broadcasting career.
 

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That's good for Rae (the suspension, not the injury). Do you know what her injury is?

Guessing Amy Atwell and Lexi Brown are more expendable than ONO. Sykes, Toliver, Carter, and Canada should take care of their guard needs, and all of them but Sykes can play PG as well. ONO wouldn't play much, but she'll be in good position for when Chiney decides to move on to her broadcasting career.
To me they are banking off the injury she had while playing for the LV even though she came back and played.its not a guarantee they will grant the Sparks the suspension but they are filing for it according to the moderator and she's good at giving good info in the group.by the way Atwell has impressed with her 3pt shooting which besides Katie Lou the Sparks have no threat so she's looking good for a 3rd round pick
 

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To me they are banking off the injury she had while playing for the LV even though she came back and played.its not a guarantee they will grant the Sparks the suspension but they are filing for it according to the moderator and she's good at giving good info in the group.by the way Atwell has impressed with her 3pt shooting which besides Katie Lou the Sparks have no threat so she's looking good for a 3rd round pick
If there is no suspension injury for Rae or buyout for Tolliver my guess is Lexi Brown is cut
 
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I can't remember a more brutal cut-down of WNBA rosters than this one has been. There probably have been others worse, but for some reason this one has really had me shaking my head.
I think part of it was the relatively weak draft. Howard, Austin, Smith and Engstler were the only players going into the draft that I felt certain would make a roster. The first round overall was less than impressive with a lot of fringe players...good-to-great college players, but likely not good enough to have a sustained WNBA career (players like Hillmon, Burrell, Burton, Henderson, Hull, etc.). My guess is that a lot of the first round picks this year will find themselves on the outside looking in come next season.

It really has to hurt for players like Davis or MHH who were first round picks and barely had an opportunity to play because of injuries or other (pregnancy), let alone someone like Dangerfield who was ROY just 2 seasons ago.

If you think this year is bad, wait until next year with the strong draft class coming in.
 

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To me they are banking off the injury she had while playing for the LV even though she came back and played.its not a guarantee they will grant the Sparks the suspension but they are filing for it according to the moderator and she's good at giving good info in the group.by the way Atwell has impressed with her 3pt shooting which besides Katie Lou the Sparks have no threat so she's looking good for a 3rd round pick
It seems like preseason performance isn't counting for as much as one would think, given that Davis and Westbrook were cut while Lexie Hull is still on a roster. I'd be shocked if Atwell made the final cut. Carter, Sykes, and Toliver are all good enough three point threats that they've got that covered, along with Katie Lou.
 

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I think part of it was the relatively weak draft. Howard, Austin, Smith and Engstler were the only players going into the draft that I felt certain would make a roster. The first round overall was less than impressive with a lot of fringe players...good-to-great college players, but likely not good enough to have a sustained WNBA career (players like Hillmon, Burrell, Burton, Henderson, Hull, etc.). My guess is that a lot of the first round picks this year will find themselves on the outside looking in come next season.

It really has to hurt for players like Davis or MHH who were first round picks and barely had an opportunity to play because of injuries or other (pregnancy), let alone someone like Dangerfield who was ROY just 2 seasons ago.

If you think this year is bad, wait until next year with the strong draft class coming in.
Well, THAT was depressing. :oops: But you're right. It's only going to get worse, which brings me back to my post from yesterday when I said young women really need to start getting serious about choosing a college major which will result in them having a solid career in something else besides basketball, because a basketball career is looking like a very, verrrrrrry long shot anymore.
 

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Well, THAT was depressing. :oops: But you're right. It's only going to get worse, which brings me back to my post from yesterday when I said young women really need to start getting serious about choosing a college major which will result in them having a solid career in something else besides basketball, because a basketball career is looking like a very, verrrrrrry long shot anymore.
Overseas can provide a nice option, maybe a path into the collegiate coaching ranks or media. Also leveraging college team connections for career opportunities. But really...unless you are an ELITE elite player (Boston, Jones, R. Jackson next season come to mind)...don't think that it's in the leaves that you are guaranteed a spot on a WNBA team. For every player that wants in, someone has to leave...and they ain't leaving fast enough at this point.
 

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That's exactly what I thought when I read that.
The WNBA needs a growth strategy that involves something other than, "Hey NBA! Give us more money!" It's getting ridiculous.

I'm disappointed in these players. It's almost like Econ 101 wasn't part of their collegiate curriculum...unless it was "How to go to Russia and get PAY-ED". What are the current/past players doing to grow the league, other than complaining to the media or on Twitter?
 

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Exactly. Coaches are talking about it. Players get cut because there is a player that takes up too much cash. It is an issue.
Overall for the WNBA, I agree it's an issue. Some of the teams will have to take only 11 players for that reason. However, that wasn't the case with the Sparks. They could take any 12 players that were on their roster and still fall under the salary cap.
 

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Probably not. Such is life as a Training Camp signee.

LA Sparks should be making their cuts soon. They have 17 players on their roster now. I think the following players are pretty much a given (in order of safety):
  1. Nneka Ogwumike
  2. Liz Cambage
  3. Chennedy Carter
  4. Brittney Sykes
  5. Amanda Zahui B
  6. Kristi Tolliver
  7. Chiney Ogwumike
  8. Te'a Cooper
So that leaves the following competing for 3-4 roster spots (order below is my prediction of safe to not so safe)
  • Jordin Canada
  • Katie Lou Samuelson
  • Jasmine Walker
  • Rae Burrell
  • Lexie Brown
  • Arella Guirantes
  • Olivia Nelson Ododa
  • Kianna Smith
  • Amy Atwell
Rae is right on the cusp IMO. This is gonna be a tight race until Friday...
👀 did u revisit this after the moves today? I was shocked to say the least
 

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👀 did u revisit this after the moves today? I was shocked to say the least
I did. Seems like Rae will sit out the year and Sparks will retain her rights for next. I'm surprised about Cooper tbh. I don't think she's one of the 8 best players on the team, but I thought she was good enough and would get a roster spot because of her social media presence. Literally more people talking about her being cut than any other player in the league this far. Sure, it's 99-100% because of her looks, but still...
 

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I did. Seems like Rae will sit out the year and Sparks will retain her rights for next. I'm surprised about Cooper tbh. I don't think she's one of the 8 best players on the team, but I thought she was good enough and would get a roster spot because of her social media presence. Literally more people talking about her being cut than any other player in the league this far. Sure, it's 99-100% because of her looks, but still...
Another Rennia Situation ;(
 

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