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Chicago Sky make late-season roster change, add Alexander to frontcourt

The playoff-bound Chicago Sky bolstered their frontcourt depth by adding the 6-foot-4 Kayla Alexander. Chloe Jackson, the team’s second-round pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft, was waived.

Indiana Fever v Chicago Sky
Kayla Alexander (left) last played in the WNBA for the Indiana Fever. She’ll now be backing up Cheyenne Parker in the Chicago Sky frontcourt.
Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

The Chicago Sky have waived rookie guard Chloe Jackson, as announced by the team on Aug. 22. In a corresponding move, the team signed center Kayla Alexander to a seven-day contract.

Jackson was selected by the Sky at No. 15 overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft, but saw very sparse playing time, appearing in just eight games and playing four minutes per game. While head coach and general manager James Wade initially lauded Jackson’s growth as a collegiate point guard, it’s been Gabby Williams who has received the majority of the team’s backup point guard minutes.

With Williams’ emergence as a lead guard and center Jantel Lavender out for the remainder of the season, the Sky decided that their 12th roster spot would be better used on another frontcourt player.

At 6-foot-4, Alexander figures to provide the depth Wade is looking for in Lavender’s absence. Wade coached Alexander from 2013 to 2016 as an assistant for the San Antonio Stars, so there is some familiarity there.

While Cheyenne Parker and Astou Ndour have stepped up their games without Lavender, the Sky’s recent loss to the Las Vegas Aces showed that the team is vulnerable when its post players get into foul trouble. Alexander will give Wade a veteran center to turn to in such scenarios.