Thursday, May 13, 2010

Kristi Toliver's old friend (and Chicago Sky player), Tamera Young, tweeted the following this afternoon:
Best wishes to my buddy @KristiToliver in LA I'm gonna miss her.... She wants to wear purple and gold like JMU hahaha
This move has yet to be posted by the WNBA as an official transaction, and unless and until all the details are worked out, it won't be. (Indeed, Tamera may have jumped the gun, and has since deleted her tweet.) But if everything gets finalized, then Kristi will be on the move to the LA Sparks this summer, playing alongside Candace Parker, among others.

Hopefully this will happen and -- if it does -- will turn out to be a very positive career development for Kristi, who, in the opinion of the BasketCases, was under-utilized (to say the least) last season in Chicago.

Good Luck, KT!
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Update . . . A short time ago, Kristi herself tweeted "guess it's ok to finally announce that i'm leaving the chicago sky and am now apart of the la sparks." So without the official announcement from the WNBA, this is as "official" as it gets.


At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would be a good move for KT, if it happens. LA can certainly use her talents.
BCs, I'd like to get your opinion on the Nikki Blue trade. I wasn't surprised by it, even though she looked really good in the pre-season games. I'm surprised the Mystics traded her for a rookie. Nothing against rookies, I just think they could have gotten more in the trade.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Dear Anonymous,

A 5th year player who has never been much more than a sparingly used backup unfortunately doesn't attract a high trade price or offers. We think Nikki is very fortunate to have another opportunity in the league, with New York.


At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

The Sparks' have posted the Toliver acquisition on its Web site. I have mixed feelings because, while I know she'll do well out there and make that team stronger than it already is, I can't exactly say I'm a big Sparks lover.

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't exactly understand what Kristin Haynie is still doing on the roster, or why they picked her up in the first place. Any of the recent point guard trades/releases would have been a better choice at backup PG (if the Mystics are keeping one).

At 9:19 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Tonight's update on the WNBA transactions page says that the Mystics have "suspended" Haynie for the 2010 season.


At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does being suspended mean?

At 4:25 AM, Anonymous Maskadova said...

I'm told "suspended" means that the team owns your rights but you are not being paid and not counted on the roster.

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that Kristin is planning on getting married shortly and decided to take the season off.

At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Kristen, but I don't understand why the Mystics re-signed her in the first place unless they plan on letting Harding go when she becomes RFA after this season and want Haynie specifically to replace her. I find that hard to believe, but......

Other teams aren't exactly falling over themselves to sign Haynie so there's a really good chance Washington could have gotten her back whenever she was ready. Or a point guard with equal or better talent and a cheaper price tag.

I don't understand this league. I just don't.

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

If all that is true, why did the Mystics take her in the expansion draft in the first place?

At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Basketcases:
Chamique Holdsclaw reportedly has asked Atlanta to trade her. Have you heard anything about this? Hope she's ok!

At 12:59 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Dear Anonymous,

Yes, we heard the news about Chamique. As a matter of fact, we'll be posting a new blog entry later today which includes (among other things) a link to an article discussing the situation.


At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WNBA's handling of SO many things (website, regional and national television coverage, tv half time reports,etc.)is shamefully weak. It's almost impossible to find out information about player's status, injuries, 2-3 line bios are laughable. Where is Deanna Nolan? Still overseas? She is not listed on 11 man roster right now.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Dear Anonymous,

Deanna Nolan did not report to Tulsa (the team that owns her rights) and has indicated she intends to take the entire WNBA season off. That's the reason why you don't see her listed on any WNBA roster right now.



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