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2013-14 Phoenix Mercury Offseason: Mercury reshape backcourt

The Mercury have a new coach, some new vets, and added two new backcourt players in the 2014 WNBA Draft.

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Phoenix trades Maggie Lucas to Indiana for 2nd round pick


Round 3, Pick 9: Phoenix selects Steph Talbot

Fair to say that Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello knows more about Stephanie Talbot than I do? Yes? Ok.

We'll get back to you on this one.


Round 2, Pick 9: Phoenix selects Maggie Lucas

With the 21st pick of the WNBA Draft, the Phoenix Mercury selected Penn State's Maggie Lucas.

Wows: Lucas is an outstanding three point shooter who does a great job at running off screens to catch and shoot threes. She's improved her ability to score outside of those situations and has a real chance to thrive in the Mercury's system.

Wonders: How much will she play on a team that doesn't lack for perimeter players and, when she does play, how will they set her up for shots?

Worries: For all the talk about how good of a shooter Lucas is, she only shot 41.2% from inside the arc - very low compared to past prospects - and is not an especially good ball handler/playmaker. With her slight frame, the big concern is what she does in the pros when not being set up for threes.

For more on Lucas, check out our article about her Big Ten legacy from earlier this season.


Round 2, Pick 5: Phoenix selects Tiffany Bias

The Phoenix Mercury have selected Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias with the fifth pick in the second round.

Wows: Tiffany Bias is a feisty competitor and probably hasn't gotten as much credit as she deserves for her defensive ability. Offensively, with Chelsea Gray injured, Bias might have been the best pure point guard in this draft and does a great job of controlling the tempo and creating for others. With the personnel the Mercury have - and whether they continue to run at breakneck speed as they have in the past or not - Bias is a great fit for that team.

Wonders: Bias was a small guard, even by college standards, listed at just 5-foot-6. How well will she be able to score in traffic or defend against WNBA competition?

Worries: Bias is not a very efficient scorer, especially when it comes to trying to score at the rim. If that was a problem in college, it's unlikely that she'll suddenly get more efficient in the pros.


In Brittney Griner's Skin

Brittney Griner was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered as part of promotional efforts for her new memoir "In My Skin," out today. Check it out for her response to "sexy" wbb uniforms, Dave Zirin's assessment of her sock-wearing prowess, and her description of the mental space she's in now.

For more on her team's offseason, check out our Phoenix Mercury offseason storystream.


Phoenix Mercury signed Alexis Gray-Lawson, April Sykes

Announced yesterday, but celebrated by Cal fans on Twitter today, the Phoenix Mercury signed Alexis Gray-Lawson and April Sykes.

We have been throwin' up W's and rooting for AGL since she was drafted and will continue to do so.


Indiana Fever statement on trading Erin Phillips

Krauskopf continued, "Erin is going into the final year of her contract and this trade allows us to bring in another young player through the draft, as well as add a young post player with Lynetta Kizer. Lynetta is a 6’4" post player who can score inside and out. She gives us significant help with interior scoring and rebounding."

From "Fever Lands Additional First Round Pick and Post Player In Trade with Phoenix" via

Mercury get new jersey sponsorship

For the 2014 and upcoming seasons, Phoenix Mercury jerseys will be sponsored by the Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.


What are the 2013 Big Three Rookies up to?

The Big Three Rookies of the 2013 Draft Class: Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins are now in the middle of a long WNBA offseason, and they're now no longer rookies! Let's take a look and see what they're up to during the winter.


New Phoenix Mercury GM is Phoenix Suns exec

The Phoenix Mercury have a new general manager and a new president of business operations today, both of which are Phoenix Suns executives.


Brondello hired as Phoenix Mercury Head Coach

The former WNBL and WNBA basketball player, assistant WNBA coach and former head coach of the San Antonio Silver Stars (2010) becomes the head coach of the Mercury after Russ Pennell's departure.

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