2013-14 Connecticut Sun offseason: Alex Bentley acquired from Atlanta, Kara Lawson sent to Washington

The Connecticut Sun had a lot of questions to resolve entering this offseason with the top pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, a number of free agents, and a veteran Olympian who has been at the center of trade rumors.

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Liberty takes opener on the road

Just the Facts, Ma'am: It was a slow start for the visiting Liberty, but the intensity picked up in the second half in their 75-54 win at Connecticut. Cappie Pondexter led New York with 17 points, while Anna Cruz added 11 with nine rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike led Connecticut with 13 points and was one of four players to notch a team-high five rebounds.

For excitement, the magic touch, cheap heat, friendly staffers, odd smells, decoration, sexy jerseys, and leaping to conclusions, join your intrepid and humid blogger after the jump.


Connecticut Sun beats New York Liberty, 60-44

Not the best way to start out things at the Garden. Queenie will have your recap soon.


Sun trade Charles, take Ogwumike first overall

Connecticut selects Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike with the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft and trades Tina Charles to the New York Liberty for Kelsey Bone and the rights to Alyssa Thomas.


Round 3, Pick 1: Sun select DeNesha Stallworth

With the first pick of the third and final round, the Connecticut Sun selected Kentucky's DeNesha Stallworth.

We're also to the point where it's appropriate to plagiarize myself. From a pre-tournament post on Stallworth:

Stallworth's stats essentially put her right on the edge of being a pretty solid WNBA prospect: she's not an extremely efficient scorer, but not so inefficient that she's an non-prospect and her three point range might help her; she's not an outstanding rebounder (9% offensive rebounding percentage), but not so poor that it can be considered a weakness; she's not a great free throw shooter, but gets to the free throw line often enough that it shows an ability to play strong around the basket (in one of the best defensive conferences in the nation).

The major weakness is his her rather low pure point rating (-6.29), but even that moreso reflects the fact that she picks up assists so infrequently rather than a major turnover problem. What will be most interesting is to see who shows interest in her on draft day and how they work with her to refine her game for WNBA competition.

Not really mentioned there, is that she's obviously developed an increasing comfort with shooting the ball from long distance since leaving Cal after her freshman year and with the team the Sun have assembled, that could be an asset for her.


Round 2, Pick 6: Dream select Inga Orekhova

What I've always like about Orekhova is size with a perimeter skill set...unfortunately, this is why we haven't discussed her much: "She averaged 11.6 points on 35% shooting from the field."; she's not the most efficient scorer available.


Round 1, Pick 11: Sun select Chelsea Gray

With the 11th pick in the first round, the Connecticut Sun selected Duke point guard Chelsea Gray.

Wows: Let me begin by saying I love both this pick and what the Sun are doing in this draft. Gray does have a path to recovery ahead of her, but was easily the best distributor in the nation before her injury cut her season short with her ability to pass and score. When you look at the talent that Connecticut has assembled, they're well on their way to being a strong competitor in the future.

Wonders: How long will her recovery take and just how good can she become? She was clearly not at full strength for the games she played this season and if she can ever get back to anywhere near full strength, she could be dominant.

Worries: That she loses more speed or becomes further impeded by her injuries. She's an amazing talent, but let's just hope those knees hold up.


Connecticut selects Chiney Ogwumike first overall

After a blockbuster trade earlier today, the Connecticut Sun don't surprise anyone here.


Gruda traded to L.A. from CT in exchange for picks

Today, the Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks announced a trade, where the Sparks received the rights to Sandrine Gruda who they signed, and the Sun received the 11th pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft along with a 2015 second round draft pick.


Katie Douglas returns to Connecticut Sun

Indy decides not to match 2 yr max offer for Douglas.


Community mock draft: Intro & the first pick

Before we make our own 2014 WNBA mock draft, we want to give you the opportunity to create and debate the picks with a community mock draft.


The Alex Bentley trade: any gains for Atlanta?

It looks like the Dream got short-changed in the three-way trade between WNBA teams that ended with Alex Bentley going to Connecticut and Matee Ajavon in a Dream uniform. Were there any plusses for Atlanta?


Kara Lawson tweets about her trade from the Connecticut Sun to the Washington Mystics


What does Kara Lawson's acquisition mean for DC?

Kara Lawson is now reunited with Mike Thibault in the nation's capital. What does it mean for the Mystics?


Ajavon to Atlanta, Lawson to Washington

Atlanta, Washington and Connecticut shuffle players in a three-way trade sure to turn heads.


Hypothetical Kara Lawson to Mystics trade comes to fruition

The Connecticut Sun, Atlanta Dream, and Washington Mystics have completed a three-way exchange in which Kara Lawson was sent to D.C., Alex Bentley to Connecticut, and Matee Ajavon to Atlanta. After reports out of Connecticut that Lawson would be traded, Albert posted his thoughts on Lawson coming to the Mystics back in December - click here to read his previous thoughts on that part of the (then-hypothetical) acquisition.


Steven Key named Connecticut Sun Assistant Coach

He was the Chicago Sky's head coach from 2008-2010.


Asjha Jones to miss 2014 season with injury

After sitting out the 2013 WNBA season, Asjha Jones is expected to miss the 2014 season with an Achilles injury.


Hypothetical: Does Kara Lawson fit in DC?

Let some hypothetical talk begin!


Connecticut wins the 1st pick of the 2014 Draft

The Connecticut Sun won the first pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.

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