The offseason is full swing. It’s already been full of shockers, stunners and astonishing moves.
First, Pokey Chatman was — oddly — fired by the Chicago Sky. And before you could blink an eye, she was hired by the Indiana Fever. Subsequently, the Sky replaced Chatman with former LA Sparks assistant, Amber Stocks.
Then a major development happened last week: Elena Delle Donne is seemingly ready to move on from Chicago.
And the wheeling and dealing seems just to be getting started, as there’s one particular trade that’s being worked on; which could cause a seismic shift in the landscape of the WNBA.
Swish Appeal has learned from multiple sources, that Angel McCoughtry could end up in Dallas with her former head coach Fred Williams. The Wings are working on a trade to bring the versatile, talented superstar to the Lonestar State, in exchange for Odyssey Sims and one of their 2017 first round draft picks (Dallas has three: No. 3, No. 10 and No. 11).
With so much talent in this year’s deep 2017 WNBA Draft, one would surmise that this would be enticing to Atlanta.
On the surface, it looks like a deal both teams could benefit from. Atlanta has longed for — and desperately needed — a floor general to orchestrate Michael Cooper’s offense.
This has been a glaring weakness for the Dream for years, especially after trading now All-Star Alex Bentley to Connecticut in 2014, and most recently, their point guard of the future, Shoni Schimmel, was traded to New York this season after things not panning out in Atlanta.
If this trade goes through, could this be a win-win for both teams?
The Wings already have an exceptional playmaker at the point position in Skylar Diggins, who is best suited with having the ball in her hands. Furthermore, Sims is apt to being the primary ball handler of her own team, and would have full reign in Atlanta, thus filling that void for the Dream, as a top-flight point guard.
Moreover, for Dallas, McCoughtry, would solve one major chief issue, something that residually plagued the Wings throughout the season: a closer in the waning seconds of a close contest — Dallas lost nine games last year by 5 points or less.
All last season, particularly down the stretch, the Wings constantly found themselves losing games in the last two minutes. McCoughtry would solve that problem, as she’s always relished the role of making clutch, tough shots for her team late in the game.
Like with most potential transactions, things are fluid, but this is something to keep an eye on.