Kent Youngblood writes about the Minnesota Lynx.

Lynx sign veteran free agent Tan White; trade Sugar Rodgers

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under People Updated: April 16, 2014 - 3:21 PM

The Minnesota Lynx signed veteran guard Tan White and traded guard Sugar Rodgers to New York Wednesday.

The 5-7, 31-year-old White is a guard similar to current Lynx backup Monica Wright in style.  The second overall pick by Indiana in 2005, White has career averages of 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists over nine seasons. Last season, her fifth with Connecticut, she averaged 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

With her experience, White could work herself into a regular part of coach Cheryl Reeve’s rotation. Indeed, the Lynx could use Maya Moore more in the power forward position in order to get more minutes for Wright and White.

“We are excited to welcome Tan to the Minnesota Lynx organization,” said Lynx executive vice presdient Roger Griffith. “Tan is a veteran of this league and will add depth and leadership to our backcourt.”

Rodgers, meanwhile was part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Liberty, a trade that gave the Lynx the right to trade third-round picks with the Liberty in next year’s draft.

Rodgers was Minnesota’s second-round pick (14th overall) in the 2013 draft. She appeared in 28 games during her rookie season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds and 7.6 minutes per game.

Rodgers would have struggled to make the Lynx for a second season; the trade to New York will give her a better chance of starting the WNBA season on a roster.

This would appear to set the Lynx roster for training camp, which begins April 27.

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