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Lynx 'changing of the guard' removes Lindsey Moore for McKenith

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Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve alluded to the team having to traverse an unusual path to a championship compared to previous years last week.

On Tuesday, the latest course setting came in the form of a mid-season roster change. Minnesota waived point guard Lindsey Moore and signed Nadirah McKenith.

“The energy and work ethic Nadirah brings to the table fits in perfectly with the team we have in place," said Roger Griffith, Minnesota executive vice president. "Lindsey Moore has been a true professional and we wish her nothing but the best.”

Barring significant injuries, the transaction will likely have minimal impact on the court as Monica Wright regains her bearings. Moore gave the Lynx a point guard off the bench with solid ball handling, although the second-year player never logged more than five points and three assists in a game. Moore saw extended time at the start of the season with a roster depleted by injury, but her usage dropped as Minnesota's keynote athletes slowly rejoined the line-up.

When Moore was taken in the first round of the 2013 draft, analysis from fans and media suggested she would be the eventual successor to Lindsay Whalen at the point guard slot. Reeve praised Moore's development in this year's training camp, adding that she wanted to see a continuing trajectory upward. Beyond hosting an in-house podcast this season, Moore's production was hardly noticeable. She finished her rookie season with a paltry 25.8 percent mark in field goal shooting, a figure that sank to 20 percent this season.

Moore was the only selection from Minnesota's draft picks last year to make the final roster.

McKenith has not played a game this year, but appeared in 32 games for the Washington Mystics in 2013. The second-round draft pick averaged 2.8 points per game in 8.8 minutes of playing time. McKenith posted an adequate field goal percentage of 37.2, suggesting her arrival was triggered by a desire for increased offensive efficiency.

Adjustments midway through the year have virtually vanished for the Lynx since Reeve became head coach. Excluding roster their last roster swap in this circumstance was 2010, when Rashanda McCants was traded for Alexis Hornbuckle.