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WNBA news, rumors: Atlanta making moves early in free agency

After helping Minnesota win another championship last year, Renee Montgomery has decided to leave the franchise and sign with a new team.

WNBA Finals G5 - Los Angeles Sparks v Minnesota Lynx Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

“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.

Courtesy of Jessica Breland’s Instagram