Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Lynx waive veteran guard Thorn

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: January 11, 2013 - 1:07 PM

Erin Thorn, a 10-year WNBA veteran, signed with the Lynx before last season to win a league title.

Obviously, the Lynx came just short of repeating, losing 3-1 in the WNBA Finals to Indiana. And now Thorn is gone.

The Lynx announced Friday that they waived her.

The 5-9, 145-pound Thorn played in 26 games of the Lynx's 34 regular-season games last season, but not a lot. She averaged only 2.0 points, 0.9 assists and 7.5 minutes per game. She shot 35.5 percent on three-pointers, her specialty.

She also played in six playoff games.

In her career, Thorn has appeared in 277 games, averaging 4.8 points and 1.5 assists in 15.2 minutes per game. She played her first six seasons with the New York Liberty, the next three with the Chicago Sky and one with the Lynx.

Thorn was picked in the second round -- No. 17 overall -- in the 2003 WNBA draft by the Liberty out of Brigham Young.

Is this the end of her WNBA career? A Lynx representative was unsure.

Thorn is not playing overseas like she has in other seasons. She was in Turkey in 2011-12, for instance.

This offseason Thorn had an internship with the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas. She has an interest in broadcast journalism.

Her twitter profile reads: "friend, nerd, WNBA baller, & kid at heart! I have a fat heart!"

She was enjoyable to deal with and never seemed to complain despite playing little for coach Cheryl Reeve.

* Teams can start talking to free agents on Tuesday and start signing them on Feb. 1. ... The biggest question with the Lynx is whether their 42-year-old post player, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, will be back. She is in her first season as an assistant coach with Rice and not playing overseas.

That may or may not be a tell as to what she is thinking. She is a very competitive person, likes the WNBA life, knows how to get her body ready for games ... but she has a husband and young daughter she may want to spend more time with.

She will likely let the Lynx know her plans by Feb. 1.

 

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