Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sun Basketball Team Trades Whalen To Minnesota For Ex-UConn Star Renee Montgomery

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The Mohegan Tribe´s WNBA Connecticut Sun basketball team traded all-star player Lindsay Whalen and a draft pick to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for former University of Connecticut star Renee Montgomery and a subsequent first-round pick in the WNBA´s draft in April.

Whalen and Montgomery are both point guards and the trade is a homecoming of sorts for both players as each will be returning to the states where they played college basketball.

Renee Montgomery was a star at the University of Connecticut (UConn), helping the team to go undefeated one season, while Lindsay Whalen holds the University of Minnesota´s record for most points scored and helped that team reach the Final Four in the three NCAA college tournaments during her college tenure.

The trade also includes the Sun giving up its second-round draft pick in exchange for getting the first round pick which could be used to add another UConn star, Tina Charles, to their roster.

Whalen has played for the Sun since 2004 and helped the Sun to reach two WNBA finals in 2004 and 2005. Whalen will likely earn $101,500, the maximum salary paid for players in the WNBA.