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2013-14 Seattle Storm offseason: Crystal Langhorne acquired during 2014 WNBA Draft

Needing frontcourt help, the Seattle Storm might have pulled the biggest surprise of draft day: acquiring Crystal Langhorne in a trade with the Washington Mystics.

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Seattle more desperate in road win over D.C.

Here are some quick thoughts of Saturday's game between the Washington Mystics and the Seattle Storm.

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Storm waive Charde Houston

Storm waived Charde Houston. Interesting news since told was being picked up at airport Friday. More to come... #StormCrazies #WNBA

— Jayda Evans (@JaydaEvans) April 24, 2014
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Breaking down the Mystics' 2014 Draft Night

The Washington Mystics' moves during the 2014 WNBA Draft reflect the organization's commitment to creating a young core unit for the future.

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Round 3, Pick 7: Seattle selected Mikaela Ruef

With the 31st pick in the WNBA Draft, the Seattle Storm selected Stanford's Mikaela Ruef.

Wows: First, let me just say that I'm really happy Ruef was picked. She's a really high IQ player who was a big part of what Stanford beat North Carolina to get to the Final Four. That game was probably a good display of her potential as a pro: she reads defenses well, passes well, and can hold her own defensively.

Wonders: Can she keep hitting threes like she did in the Elite Eight? Because if so, she'd make a great stretch four.

Worries: Really the big thing with her is athleticism: she wasn't known for her quickness and that showed up in a somewhat low offensive rebounding percentage. But if Ruef was going to work with any team, it would probably be the Storm.

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Round 2, Pick 7: Seattle selects Michelle Plouffe

Wows: Plouffe has great shooting touch in a 6-foot-4 frame that should allow her to find a niche in the WNBA as a stretch four.

Wonders: What else will she bring to the WNBA level? Although very skilled, her numbers don't necessarily reflect that.

Worries: She doesn't rebound all that well offensively against bigger opponents and has a rather slight frame, making her a bit of a potential tweener. As a rather inefficient college scorer, it remains to be seen whether her shooting touch can keep her on a WNBA roster.

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Mystics acquire Hartley and Hawkins from Seattle

The Washington Mystics have acquired rookie guard Bria Hartley, the 7th pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft and sophomore forward Tianna Hawkins from the Seattle Storm in exchange for veteran All-Star forward Crystal Langhorne in a draft-day deal.

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Round 1, Pick 7: Seattle selects Bria Hartley

With the seventh pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, the Seattle Storm have selected UConn guard Bria Hartley.

Wows: Her scoring efficiency in her senior year was outstanding and was nicely complemented by improved efficiency as a distributor. She's extremely quick in transition and should give Seattle a nice change of pace moving into the future as someone who can play both guard spots.

Wonders: How much will she play this season? Hartley joins a backcourt that includes Sue Bird, Temeka Johnson, and Tanisha Wright. Cracking that rotation in Brian Agler's system will be difficult.

Worries: Only one and it's not all that huge: Synergy data suggests that Hartley scores the majority of her points in spot up or transition situations. Seattle, to put it lightly, has not been the fastest-paced team in the league. How well will Hartley score against WNBA defenders in the halfcourt?

For more analysis of Hartley, check out our prospect profile posted previously.

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Seattle Storm acquires Jenna O'Hea from L.A.

Today, the Seattle Storm and Los Angeles Sparks were involved in a trade where the Storm acquires guard Jenna O'Hea in exchange for a second round draft pick for 2015.

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Alysha Clark won’t return to MTSU’s staff next season

Alysha Clark won’t return to Middle Tennessee as an assistant women’s basketball coach next season in order to concentrate on her WNBA playing career.

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Swish Appeal mock draft: Who should Seattle draft?

Moving right along in our community mock draft process, today we focus on the Seattle Storm's seventh pick.

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Lauren Jackson out for 2014 WNBA season

For the second straight year, Lauren Jackson will miss the entire WNBA season with an injury.

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Lauren Jackson expected to be out four months

An Australian newspaper reports that Lauren Jackson will likely be out four months after undergoing surgery.

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Seattle Storm promote Boucek to assoc. head coach

Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times previously reported that Jenny Boucek was in the mix for both the Atlanta Dream and Tulsa Shock jobs. While the Dream's vacancy has since been filled, today's announcement means that Tulsa is looking in a different direction (barring something surprising happening).

For more on the Storm, visit our Seattle Storm offseason storystream.

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Seattle Storm could lose Bing sponsorship

Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Storm's sponsorship deal with Bing that paid them $1 million annually has expired and left the franchise searching for a new partnership.

The Storm could lose its title sponsor, Bing, according to team co-owner Lisa Brummel, who's a Microsoft executive. Seattle isn't expected to suffer like LA, however...Seven teams in the league had similar contracts. New York lost its Foxwoods Casino sponsor that originated in 2010.

There are reports that six teams saw a slight profit in 2013. Storm president and CEO Karen Bryant confirmed Seattle is one of those teams.

With Seattle being a profitable team in a city that has generally been supportive of the WNBA, this certainly isn't a crisis and Brummel even tells Evans that a new deal isn't essential. But news of multiple teams losing sponsors isn't exactly encouraging either for those with an eye on the league's health.

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Seattle CEO & president announces resignation

The Seattle Storm have announced that 2014 will be president & CEO Karen Bryant's final season with the team.

The team's release offers a brief rundown of her history with the Storm, but Jayda Evans of The Seattle Times helped to place this announcement in the broader context of league activity.

News of Bryant's departure comes at a tenuous time for the WNBA. On Thursday, Los Angeles Sparks chairman Paula Madison announced her family-owned company could no longer be involved with the charter franchise. NBA commissioner David Stern, who initiated the birth of the league, is retiring in February and the CBA expired in September.

But those involved emphatically claim the issues are unrelated.

Even if these things aren't signs of the league's imminent demise, it's not exactly good to see a founding team, the NBA champion, and a major player in keeping the Storm in Seattle when the Sonics relocated all leaving in the same time frame.

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Seattle Storm 2013-2014 Offseason Notes

The Seattle Storm had its 10th straight playoff appearance in 2013, a league record. Now, with Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson expected to return, how should this team approach the offseason in order to make what could potentially be one last push for a championship?

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Boucek in talks with Dream, Shock for HC position

An article from Jayda Evans at the Seattle Times states that Jenny Boucek has been in talks with both the Atlanta Dream and the Tulsa Shock regarding their head coaching vacanies.

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