Storm cuts former Gonzaga star Katelan Redmon, draft pick Jasmine James
The Storm must cut two more players to reach its maximum roster limit of 11 players by May 23.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Katelan Redmon knows the process.
The former Gonzaga star, who was cut by the New York Liberty twice during the 2012 season, experienced the same fate on Monday when the Seattle Storm waived her.
Redmon was the final pick in the 2012 draft, by New York, but was cut when regular-season rosters were set. After spending the summer working out and helping with camps in her native Spokane, Redmon was contacted again by New York in July and signed a seven-day contract.
Redmon appeared in seven games for the Liberty, averaging six minutes. But coach John Whisenant stepped down after the season to care for his ailing wife and Redmon knew she would be fighting for a WNBA contract again.
The Storm gave her a shot in its training camp then cut her Monday. Jasmine James, the team's third-round pick in the 2013 draft, was also cut. The roster stands at 13 and must be trimmed to 11 by May 23.
"He (first-year Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer) did a whole revamp of the team, so I wasn't too surprised he didn't keep me," Redmon said recently. "There's not a whole lot of spots and even making it into a training camp is tough. I got my opportunity here, so it's all good."
The 6-foot-1 Redmon played power forward for the Zags. In the WNBA, she needed to switch to playing on the wing. She worked to adjust to the position, improving her ball-handling, while playing in Israel this offseason.
Storm coach and general manager Brian Agler liked Redmon's shooting and athleticism in the team's transition game. He values versatility and veterans, however, which made Redmon and James, a 5-9 guard, vulnerable.
Seattle will play this season without all-stars Lauren Jackson (hamstring) and Sue Bird (knee) because of injuries. Jackson's contract is suspended and will not count against the team's salary cap. Bird is under contract and will count against the cap and 11-player limit.
Agler praised the talent he found to fill the backcourt hole left by Bird. He's looking for versatile post players to complement returnees Camille Little, Tina Thompson, Shekinna Stricklen and Alysha Clark.
Seattle signed 6-foot-4 forward Nakia Sanford, an 11-year veteran, as a free agent. Agler drafted Tianna Hawkins (Maryland) with the sixth overall pick, hoping to fill one slot. Draft picks Cierra Bravard (Florida State), Chelsea Poppens (Iowa State) and Keisha Hampton (DePaul) could also help fill out the frontcourt.
The Storm did not practice Monday. It won its exhibition opener against Los Angeles, 67-66, on Sunday. Its final exhibition game is Friday against Tulsa at KeyArena.
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