The Minnesota Lynx have acquired Rachel Banham from the Connecticut Sun in a sign-and-trade deal in exchange for a 2021 second-round draft pick. News broke late Tuesday at the Minnesota Lynx winter mixer for season ticket holders with Banham in attendance.
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"We are excited to welcome Rachel home to Minnesota," said Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve per release. "Her ability to shoot the ball is something we valued during this process and we look forward to having her in a Lynx uniform this season and beyond."
Banham was drafted by the Connecticut Sun as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft. During her four seasons with the Sun she averaged four points and shot over 80-percent from the free throw line in 11.4 minutes per game.
This is a move that makes a lot of sense from a standpoint of opening up cap space for the Sun and serves as a major homecoming for Banham, who is a Minnesota native and grew up admiring the dominant franchise. She has experience competing in three consecutive WNBA Playoffs and will bring a sharp-shooting presence to the Lynx capable of forcing defenses to stretch the floor.
"I couldn't be happier to be coming home and be a member of this historic franchise," said Banham. "Growing up a Lynx, I have always admired the way Cheryl and her staff have made the Lynx into a model franchise in the WNBA. I can't wait to see everyone at the Target Center this summer."
Banham is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she finished her career as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer with 3,093 points and was named the 2016 Big Ten Player of the Year.