Cash retired from professional basketball in 2016 after winning three WNBA titles
NBA teams have been working to grow their diversity in recent months in part by adding current and former WNBA players to their staffs. A new report from ESPN suggests the New Orleans Pelicans can now be added to that list. ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote Monday morning that the team will hire former WNBA star Swin Cash as their vice president of basketball operations and team development.
The Pelicans have not confirmed the move yet, and the ESPN report cites “league sources.” However, Cash herself tweeted the following Sunday night.
Cash retired from playing pro basketball in 2016. After a stellar collegiate career at UConn, she was drafted by the Detroit Shock with the second overall pick in 2002. She led Detroit to the 2003 and 2006 WNBA titles before being traded to Seattle, where she helped the Storm win the crown in 2010. Cash later had brief stints in Chicago and Atlanta before ending her playing career with the New York Liberty.
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That team hired Cash as their first Director of Franchise Development in 2017, which at the time was a first-of-its-kind position in the WNBA. As of Monday morning, however, the Liberty list fellow All-Star veteran Teresa Witherspoon with the title on their website.
Cash joins five other current and former WNBA players working with NBA teams, including Washington’s Kristi Toliver (assistant coach, Washington Wizards) and former WNBA stars Lindsey Harding (assistant coach, Philadelphia 76ers) and Becky Hammon (assistant coach, San Antonio Spurs). Current Seattle star Sue Bird also spent part of the 2018-19 NBA season as a Basketball Operations Associate for the Denver Nuggets.
Cash has also served as a TV analyst for the NBA and NCAA, as well as giving back to her community through two non-profits she founded.
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