The Seattle Storm’s decision to replace Jenny Boucek on Thursday with interim Gary Kloppenburg sets up an intriguing offseason for the team, one that will start with a decision on their coaching direction.
Do not underestimate Kloppenburg’s ability to grab the permanent gig, with his significant coaching experience and the likelihood that improved defensive buy in from the Storm players could land Seattle in the playoffs. Opinion around the league is split, with some expressing a belief that a playoff appearance would be enough to get him a full-time shot, others believing the Storm will open things up regardless of how he does.
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If they do so, consider that the new gig would include a chance to live in Seattle, play for dedicated ownership, coach the still-great Sue Bird and develop Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd, not to mention a draft pick that could end up in the lottery if the Storm fall short of the postseason.
So who will be in the mix if the Storm decide to pursue an outside answer? Here’s a rundown of their possible paths.