Odyssey Sims, who was thought to be taking the entire 2020 season off on maternity leave, has been activated by the Minnesota Lynx, the team announced on Thursday.
The Lynx have waived 24-year-old forward Megan Huff.
Sims, a 5-foot-8 guard, is currently in quarantine and will miss Friday’s game against the Indiana Fever. She will also miss the Lynx’s next two games after that — on Sunday Aug. 9 and Tuesday Aug. 11 — due to a suspension for a drunk driving charge last year. That leaves a Thursday, Aug. 13, game against the Las Vegas Aces as her projected 2020 debut.
Sims, age 28, led Minnesota in points (14.5) and assists (5.4) per game in 2019, while also making her first All-Star appearance and being named to the All-WNBA Second Team.
Her addition to a team that already is off to a good 4-1 start is huge. The Lynx were expected to make the playoffs before the season started, but not expected to be a championship contender. However, in a season where there are a lot of depleted teams, Sims could help them knock on the door, if not kick it down.