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Lynx cut ex-Gophers forward Shae Kelley, Asia Taylor

Having decided the team needed a true backup point guard, the Lynx waived forwards Shae Kelley and Asia Taylor Tuesday. Those moves brought the team’s roster to 12 – a number that includes Anna Cruz, the Spanish point guard who will join the team at the end of the month. It finalized the roster that, barring any further moves, will begin the regular season Friday against Tulsa at Target Center.

That roster includes Jennifer O’Neill, who will help back up starting point guard Lindsay Whalen until Cruz arrives.

Kelley, a star for the University of Minnesota last season, was drafted in the third round (35th overall) by the Lynx in the WNBA draft in April. Taylor, drafted with the 36th overall pick in 2014, appeared in 22 games as a rookie, averaging 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said earlier in the week that she wanted to keep Monica Wright – usually a combo guard who backs Whalen up – in the shooting guard spot until she gets back to the top of her game; Wright had two knee procedures last year and missed the early part of camp this year with a calf injury.

That means O’Neill will earn some minutes at the point. Also, Reeve feels she can play Seimone Augustus some at the point position when she’s on the floor with Wright.

And if the roster leaves the Lynx without a lot of depth at the small forward position, there is flexibility there. Both Wright and Augustus can play the wing at times, spelling starter Maya Moore, as can Devereaux Peters.

The final roster includes two rookies in O’Neill and 6-3 center Reshanda Gray, the team’s second-round draft choice in April. It also includes veteran post Asjha Jones, who is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the regular season while recovering from a blood deficiency discovered in her pre-camp physical.

Lynx still working to get Asjha Jones healthy

Now don’t start thinking about jinxes or anything, but a strange thing happened during the Lynx’s media day today at their new practice facility.

One of their brand-spanking-new backboards cracked up.

Just like that, with no warning. All of a sudden there was a loud sound, a bang, and the backboard was all cracked up. It’s not really a big deal, but it kind of is, considering the team needs to practice over the next few days, and the other court is going to be used, at least Friday, for Timberwolves pre-draft workouts.

We’ll see how that all works out. Meanwhile, here are some nuggets from media day:

--Coach Cheryl Reeve said recently-acquired post player Asjha Jones, who has been battling a blood deficiency since it was discovered during a pre-training camp physical, won’t play in Monday’s preseason game at Target Center and might not play in the regular season opener a week from Friday against Tulsa.

This IS a pretty big deal, considering Jones was acquired to fill the void in the lineup created when Janel McCarville decided not to play this summer.

“I don’t’ know what to expect,” Reeve said. “As a coach, we’re still gathering information. I take it day-by-day.’’

Jones had been easing into more and more practice time, but Reeve said the team has been backing off in that regard, too.

--The Lynx, likely limited to an 11-player roster due to cap limitations, are committed to keeping five big posts. That means, after Jones, Rebekkah Brunson and Damiris Dantas, it looks like Amber Harris, rookie Reshanda Gray and Devereaux Peters will likely be competing for two spots. At the small forward position Shae Kelley and Asia Taylor will be competing for a spot. That leaves four spots for backcourt positions.

That’s about all for now. Have a good day.

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