After their worst season in a while the Minnesota Lynx will be looking to reload. This is going to be even harder with the retirement of point guard Lindsay Whalen.
After most pundits predicted the Minnesota Lynx to make the finals, probably even win the whole thing. However, they were knocked out in the first round and are now looking for a new point guard thanks to the retirement of star Lindsay Whalen. The loss of Renee Montgomery in free agency last season is going to potentially bite this season.
After the string of successful seasons, the Lynx are on the precipice, If they make the right calls this offseason, they will continue to be a force. However, if they make the wrong calls, they are looking at potentially missing the finals for the first time in almost a decade.
The Lynx have kept five of their players from last season, however, they have a heap of decisions to make and about $550,000 of cap space.
Tami Fagbenle – On a low-cost contract, Fagbenle was backup for Sylvia Fowles last season. She only played 9.4 minutes per game averaging 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Sylvia Fowles – One of the most dominant players in the league, the 2017 MVP had another good season, leading the team in rebounds and blocks as well as being second in points behind Maya Moore. As long as Fowles is on the team, the Lynx are a threat.
Alexis Jones – The 5’9″ point guard is in the final season of her rookie contract. Playing behind Whalen she only averaged 8.8 minutes per game. If the Lynx cannot find another point guard, we will see what Jones can do with her own team next season.
Danielle Robinson – After coming over from the Phoenix Mercury last season, Robinson was solid. She is never going to be the offensive star but provided plenty of defensive energy off the bench.
Tanisha Wright – Garnering decent playing time, Wright will want to perform at a higher level this season if she wants an extension next season.
Free agents to be re-signed
Seimone Augustus – Has been one of the premier scorers in the WNBA for a long time now. While her numbers are dropping, Augustus is still dangerous and warrants more time with the Lynx.
Rebekkah Brunson – Not content with being the best rebounder in the league by a short distance, Brunson should be offered another contract. She is a born winner and keeps possessions alive for her team like no one else in the WNBA.
Maya Moore – Now that Whalen has retired, there is little competition for most fiercely competitive player in the WNBA. Moore is equally the most important free-agent signing in the entire league with Tina Charles and Courtney Vandersloot. If the Lynx are serious about the 2019 season, Moore has to be in their uniform, expect to see her cored early on.
UPDATE: Maya Moore has been cored as per ESPN.
Cecilia Zandalasini – The Italian national player should be about to come into her own in this league. She has now got one season under her belt and will be looking to make her mark with the Lynx.
Unlikely to be re-signed
Sydney Colson – Signed to a rest of season contract Colson is not the direction the Lynx want to take. While she only played in two games, Colson is turning 30 during the season and will not be a long-term answer.
Erlana Larkins – Also signed to a rest of season contract, Larkins not effective enough in the 13 games that she played to warrant another contract this season.
The Lynx have nine players they want to have back in uniform. They will probably sign their 2019 first round pick so will be looking for two quality free agents in an effort to get back to the top of the WNBA.