February 1 is here which means it is the first day players can either re-sign with a team, or sign elsewhere. The Atlanta Dream announced today, Renee Montgomery will be joining the team for the upcoming season, as well as Jessica Breland.
Montgomery announced via Instagram she was leaving Minnesota as she posted a handful of pictures with a farewell note to the Lynx’s fans last night.
Where do I even begin .... I’ll start with Thank you. Thank you to the Minnesota Coaches, my teammates, the Fans, and the Minnesota Staff/Organization (Of Course Glen Taylor as well). I learned so much while i was there and will forever be grateful for the championships we won. Thank you for always treating me with respect and making me feel welcomed from Day 1. It’s hard to express my full gratitude for my time spent with you all and i told myself i wasn’t going to write a super long post but just know that you will always have a special place in my heart. - Big Mami
“Leaving the Minnesota Lynx was difficult but I’m excited to bring that championship experience to the Atlanta Dream,” Montgomery said. “I live in Atlanta so I’m excited to come back east where I’m closer to family and friends and start a new journey with the Dream.”
“When I got the job I immediately targeted Renee Montgomery,” Collen said. “I could not be happier that she has decided to call Atlanta her WNBA home. I know she will help build something special here.
Montgomery played a key role as a reserve for Minnesota last season and started a handful of games when Lindsay Whalen was out with an injury. With the Lynx last year, Montgomery averaged 8.0 points per game, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 rebounds per game.
Breland also dropped a hint on her social media informing her followers she would be playing elsewhere. As a starter, last year, she averaged 9.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 assists per game last year as a starter. Breland had played the last four seasons with the Chicago Sky.