Is It Too Early To Be Worried About The Lynx?

After several puzzling preseason cuts, the Minnesota Lynx have started the season 0-3 with losses to the Seattle Storm, Washington Mystics and Indiana Fever.

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The loss to the Fever featured a revenge game by 2020 Rookie of the Year Crystal Dangerfield, who was waived by the Lynx right before the season started.

Dangerfield had 10 points and six assists in the matchup, before her hardship contract with the Fever ended on Wednesday.

In addition to letting Dangerfield go, the Lynx also waived point guard and reliable 2021 contributor Layshia Clarendon before the season began.

While Sylvia Fowles has remained elite, the Lynx are struggling to create a cast around her that can get the job done.

The roster shake-up continued on Thursday, with the shocking announcement that Minnesota had agreed to buy out the contract of veteran guard Angel McCoughtry.


McCoughtry had just signed with the Lynx in February after missing all of the 2021 season in Las Vegas with an ACL injury.

The 35-year-old had played two games with Minnesota, averaging six points.

The team also waived Odyssey Sims, a puzzling decision considering other recent moves.

The release of Dangerfield and Clarendon came after an unsteady preseason and had many wondering if the Lynx had to clear cap space for Sims, whom the Lynx picked up on May 3.


Lynx Head coach Cheryl Reeve said this week that “Odyssey is handling a personal matter,” and declined to answer any other questions about the guard.

Minnesota then signed 2022 No. 21 pick Evina Westbrook out of UConn to a hardship contract.

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Westbrook, originally drafted by Seattle, was waived by the Storm on May 4.

The WNBA has been kind to early-season shake-ups in the past (see: Chicago’s early-season transactions in 2021), but right now Minnesota looks out to sea without a point guard.

Reeve has experience and time on her side, but they might be close to running out of options.

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