The Lynx reached the 12-player WNBA limit by waiving rookie center Walthiea Rolle on Wednesday afternoon. Rolle was a third-round pick (36th overall) by the Lynx in the 2013 draft. She averaged seven points, 4.3 rebounds and one steal in three preseason games.
The final roster includes three players who are recovering from knee surgeries — reserve guard Monica Wright, reserve forward Devereaux Peters and starting forward Rebekkah Brunson — and three rookies in forward/center Damiris Dantas, forward Asia Taylor and guard/forward Tricia Liston, the team’s first-round draft pick in April.
Perhaps the most difficult decision was whether to go with Liston or Rolle for the final roster spot. The team also checked the league waiver wire before settling on a roster.
Meanwhile, after Wednesday’s practice, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said she had not yet decided who would start in place of Brunson at power forward when the Lynx open their season at Washington on Friday night.
Dantas practiced with the first unit Tuesday and Wednesday, but Taylor looked good with the starters at the WNBA preseason tournament last weekend.
“Are we closer [to a decision]? Maybe,” Reeve said. But a final decision might not come into Friday’s morning shootaround.
The yearly WNBA survey of general managers will be released Thursday. And it in Minnesota, which will be looking to defend its 2013 title, got some significant recognition by the 12 GMs, who were not allowed to vote for their own team in any category. Here a sneak preview of the survey highlights, as they pertain to the Lynx:
• The Lynx were named by seven of the 12 GMs when asked which team was the most likely to win the championship this season.
• The Lynx also were selected to as the team most fun to watch, getting five votes.
• While L.A. Sparks star Candace Parker, last year’s league MVP, was chosen as the likely MVP this season, getting half the vote, Lynx star Maya Moore was second. Parker got six votes, Moore four. But she got the most votes (four) when GMs were asked which player they would select if they were starting a franchise today and when asked who the league’s best small forward was (five).
• Reeve led in voting for the league’s best coach (five), and the coach who runs the best offense (six).
• Lindsay Whalen was named the league’s top point guard (seven).