The WNBA Atlanta Dream announced today that it has acquired four-time All-Star forward Swin Cash from the Chicago Sky in a trade that will send guard Courtney Clements to Chicago. The teams will also swap draft picks, with Atlanta receiving the Sky’s third-round selection in the 2015 WNBA Draft, while Chicago will get Atlanta’s second-round pick in the same draft.
Although it looks like that, this trade is not shock to the league, because Cash had not signes the qualifying core contract with the Sky by the deadline, and thus the one year max contract possibility was out. As a consecuente, before the trade Cash was a reserved player, with the Sky holding exclusive rights to negotiate with her. Cash wanted a longer contract than the Sky were offering her, so finally they decided to trade her for Courtney Clements, which is not even close to Cash’s level, leaving it as a desperate move by the Sky.
Swin Cash is so experienced that could start as a small forward relegating Angel McCoughtry, the Atlanta star, to the shooting guard position. However, Tiffany Hayes and Matee Ajavon, both younger and faster players right now, could fit better in the starting lineup, while Swin Cash could play off the bench as a superb combo forward.
For Chicago, it is sad to see them let a player like Cash leave the team in that way, but it is visible that they are trying to turn younger, and that the team now gets around Elena Delle Donne. Courtney Clements will not be starting as Cash was, so it will be interesting to see who the starting forward will be alongside EDD. I would say the most probable choice would be Tamera Young, who coach Pokey Chatman knows very good.