After a year of significant change, Cheryl Reeve sees a bright future for the Lynx, and she wants to see it through.
Reeve, the general manager and coach of the Lynx, has agreed to terms with Lynx/Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on a three-year contract that will take her through the 2022 season. Reeve, whose contract expired after the 2019 season, is expected to officially sign the new deal in the coming weeks. Financial terms of the deal were not known.
“I think, for me, this is the franchise that I’ve kind of put my life into,” said Reeve, who has been the Lynx head coach since 2010 and GM since late 2017. “This is the franchise that we built, from 2010 until now.”
Starting in 2011 the Lynx won four WNBA titles in seven seasons with a core group of Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson.
Last year, with Whalen retired, Moore taking the season off and Brunson not playing, Reeve redid the roster. Her biggest moves included acquiring Odyssey Sims in trade, drafting Napheesa Collier and Jessica Shepard and signing free agent Karima Christmas-Kelly. Sims was an All-Star for the first time in her career, Collier was the league’s rookie of the year, and Shepard had a promising start before suffering a knee injury. A knee injury ended Christmas-Kelly’s season as well.
The Lynx finished tied with Seattle for sixth place with an 18-16 record and made the playoffs for the ninth straight season. For that, Reeve was named the league’s executive of the year.
Part of Reeve’s desire to stay in Minnesota was the challenge of keeping the Lynx competitive in an ever-improving league.
“There have been changes each year, but none bigger than going into the 2019 season,” she said. “It’s all about professionally feeling challenged. What keeps my interest is to have a player like Napheesa we can build around and a player, in Sylvia Fowles, who is a great player and a wonderful person. I want to keep this going for the fans.”
Reeve said she is convinced that, had Christmas-Kelly and Shepard stayed healthy, the Lynx would have been a top-four team in the league.
For Reeve, Minnesota has also become home. She and wife Carley Knox — who is vice president of Lynx business operations — are raising a son.
“That’s the other piece of it,” Reeve said. “I’ve gotten past the idea the grass is greener somewhere else. I’ve made a home here for 10 years now. We’re raising a family, a little boy, and it’s been the perfect place for us.’’