The WNBA trade is not the elaborate chessboard that is the men’s game, but every deal is strategic and packs a lot of backstory or drama.
Not much went down during this year’s trade season in the WNBA, the ladies don’t like to move around a lot, they love their homes.
LAYSHIA CLARENDON – ALEX BENTLEY
27-year old point guard Layshia Clarendon was traded as part of a package that included a 2019 second round pick, by the sizzling hot Atlanta Dream, to the Connecticut Suns, for point guard Alex Bentley.
The Backstory? Of course there is
Per reports from WNBA Insidr, an altercation between Bentley and former (now) teammate Courtney Williams is the reason behind her hasty sendoff.
According to the reports, there are multiple confirmations that a physical altercation between Courtney and Bentley occurred after the game against the Indiana Fever, with the cause, extent, and consequences of the altercation still under wraps.
Well, for Bentley, the consequences were most likely this trade. Courtney Williams has been averaging a career high in points, rebounds, assists, and 3-pt scoring. Her current mark of 40% from 3-pt range ranks top on the Connecticut team, and Bentley…well… she comes from the bench, so, it could only end this way.
For Layshia Clarendon, a new coach this year for the Dream, meant some changes and she was part of the casualties. A career 40% shooter from the field, Clarendon started 33 out of 34 games in 2018, but has so far in 2018 started 4 in a possible 24, that is indication enough that her presence is no longer indispensable. New coach, Nicki Colle, brought in a fresh face at the point guard position, in Renee Montgomery.
TAYLER HILL – AERIAL POWERS
The second move of the trade season, included the Mystics and the Wings, as Washington traded guard, Tayler Hill to the Dallas Wings, in exchange for Aerial Powers.
The deal also included the Wings getting a 2019 second round draft pick, and the rights to swap 2019 first round picks.
Dallas obviously wanted the trade and sounded very happy to get Hill who they believe is a definite piece on their team, with her shooting, ability to see the floor, and work her way to the paint. Tayler Hill had not started any game in 2018 for the Mystics, averaging a lousy 3 points per game, and a low 28.2% for the field.
Aerial Powers has started only three games so far in the WNBA, and is still finding her place, but the Mystics believe she was what they needed in terms of talent, going forward. The 24-year old does, however, have the potential to be much better and will be looking to hit higher heights with the Mystics.
While they’ve been a flurry of 7-day contract signings, waivers, and releases, there’s not been any noteworthy action in the WNBA trade and that will be all for this year’s business, as the deadline passed on July 23rd.