The WNBA trade deadline wrapped up earlier this week on August 6, with much speculation leading up to it on moves we could potentially see, the day ended up not disappointing us.
The biggest news by far was a trade between the Dallas Wings and the Connecticut Sun. The Wings traded their long-time WNBA vet Theresa Plaisance for Sun rookie Kristine Anigwe.
Who won the TP/Anigwe trade? #wnba
— Winsidr (@TheWinsidr) August 6, 2019
Reaction from the trade appeared positive from the WNBA faithful on both accounts. Various polls revealed that it was neck-in-neck in terms of who "won" the trade between the Sun and Wings.
Plaisance is a six-year WNBA vet who has spent the entirety of her career with the Dallas franchise (including her first who seasons in Tulsa). This 2019 season has shaped up to be one of her top seasons in the league from a production standpoint averaging six points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in 17 minutes a game with Dallas. The trade to Connecticut is beneficial because it allows added depth and versatility outside of Jonquel Jones. Plaisance can stretch the floor and defenses which fits well into Connecticut's style of play. I anticipate a seamless transition right into Connecticut with an ability to add valuable minutes to this Sun squad right away.
Kristine Anigwe getting traded to Dallas only made sense on a couple of fronts. Dallas is preparing for the future and their ability to compete. At six-foot-four Anigwe brings size and athleticism this roster is going to need down the road with the ability to develop. It's too early to tell what her future could hold in the league, but she has all the tools and intangibles to be developed into a vital cog on any team in time. Anigwe was buried deep on the Sun roster seeing only seven minutes per game but is one of the top rebounders in the game that is a much-needed factor in any Brian Agler scheme.
Minnesota: Signed Jillian Alleyne to a seven-day contract. The six-foot-three forward has already competed in two games for the Lynx this week.
Las Vegas: Signed Jaime Nared to a seven-day contract. This move makes sense with the uncertainty of A'ja Wilson's return, and Liz Cambage needed time to rest. Although a Cambage return appears likely this week, Nared brings some versatility in the front and backcourt.
Phoenix: Signed Asia Taylor to a seven-day contract due to an emergency hardship exception having fewer than 10 players available due to injury. The Mercury also signed Arica Carter earlier this week as well.