The Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx completed a trade Monday that sees Monica Wright head to Seattle in exchange for Renee Montgomery and the Storm's second round pick in 2016. The move comes just days after it was announced that Wright would be out indefinitely due to arthroscopic knee surgery.
For the Storm, the addition of Wright gives the team much needed boosts in terms of size, defensive intensity and playoff experience in the backcourt. At the same time Minnesota will benefit from the addition of Montgomery's explosive scoring coming off the bench.
Also of benefit for the Lynx will be the addition of an early second round pick in a deep 2016 draft class. A piece that could either lead to a rookie with potential, or could be included in a future trade.
Seattle, who has struggled thus far in the first year of a long term rebuilding plan, has suffered due to the lack of viable options for true backcourt rotations. While Montgomery had been one of the teams most consistent players offensively, her size was detrimental in terms of defensive match ups.
Add to it the Storm's lack of depth at shooting guard and the back court rotation was a constant issue.
With the Storm possessing only four ball handlers (Bird, Montgomery, Loyd and Goodrich) essentially, Jenny Boucek was left with the choices of playing back court tandems with only a single ball handler (Bird, Montgomery or Goodrich), playing the two together leading to unfavorable defensive match ups, or playing Jewell Loyd the entire game.
With the addition of Wight, the Storm's back court rotation will be greatly improved. Once she is cleared to play, her experience and defensive prowess should help Seattle make great strides in both the second half of the season and into the future.