Five trades the WNBA thinks the WNBA should make

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 16: Imani Boyette
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 16: Imani Boyette /
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SEATTLE, WA – MAY 14: Carolyn Swords
SEATTLE, WA – MAY 14: Carolyn Swords /

Carolyn Swords to Indiana for Marissa Coleman

It may seem counterintuitive that Seattle, in need of a big, would trade Swords, last offseason’s biggest acquisition both in height (6’6) and treasure (Seattle gave up the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft in the three-way deal). Oddly, Swords has been only periodically deployed, averaging just 8.6 minutes per game with the Storm, less than half her minutes per game last season in New York.

Swords would fit well with Pokey Chatman’s Fever, who need a rim protector desperately, and play at a similar pace to the 2016 Liberty. And the Storm, in need of additional scoring to supplement their big three players, could add Coleman, a 2015 all star in a season-long shooting slump, but a capable two-way player (she was best on the Fever last year, per Synergy, in defensive points per possession) who might be sparked by the change of scenery.