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Lynx put on 'tan,' deal Rodgers to Liberty

The Minnesota Lynx made a guard swap Wednesday afternoon, trading second-year player Sugar Rodgers to the New York Liberty and signing free agent Tan White.

Free agent signing Tan White would likely spell Minnesota's primary guard rotation of Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright.
Free agent signing Tan White would likely spell Minnesota's primary guard rotation of Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright.
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Minnesota also swapped third-round picks in 2015 with New York in the Rodgers trade, effectively giving her up to make room for a more experienced guard on the bench.

A second-round draft pick from Georgetown, Rodgers played sparingly in 2013, finishing with averages of 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in the regular season. In Monday's post-draft press conference, the Lynx indicated that Rodgers would be available for camp following a knee scope in overseas play.

Realistically, Rodgers would likely have been on the bubble. Minnesota had already signed prior draft picks Damiras Dantas and Walteia Rolle, and elected not to make any deferrals with this year's draft picks.

Learning of the trade announcement, Rodgers expressed her gratitude on Twitter.

"I would like to thank (the Lynx) organization for an amazing rookie season! Best of luck! Excited about this new journey with (the Liberty)," she posted.

White spent the last five seasons with Connecticut. In 2013, her action was limited to 22 games, averaging 9.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Efficiency is White's biggest concern as she enters her 10th season. Last year, she made 32.9 percent of her field goals, 19.7 percent from three-point range and 74.1 percent of her free throw attempts, all career lows.

Assuming White makes the regular season roster, this year's training camp could be a battle for only one roster spot; the Lynx do not have plans to tap the 12th roster slot available to all teams this season, and they likely addressed their gap at wing by taking Tricia Liston in the first round of this year's draft, who would take the spot of Rachel Jarry. The only space left comes from Amber Harris, who is confirmed to be out for 2014.