Sun trade Tuck and No. 11 pick for the No. 7 pick
The Storm announced Monday that they had completed a trade with the Connecticut Sun. The Sun sent over Morgan Tuck and the No. 11 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. In exchange, the Sun received the No. 7 pick in the draft.
For Connecticut, this begins to create a clearer image of what the team’s roster and salary cap situation will look like this season.
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With Tuck and Layshia Clarendon elsewhere, the team can retain as many of the remaining players as they choose.
Tuck came off the bench for most of her career in Connecticut, though in 2019 she played her fewest minutes and scored the fewest points per game.
Due to the fact she also attended the University of Connecticut, Tuck has been playing basketball in the state of Connecticut since 2012.
There is certainly no ill will between the team and Tuck, the Sun even wished her the best.
It will be interesting to see who the Sun go for with the No. 7 pick. The team also has the No. 10 pick from Los Angeles which the team received in the Chiney Ogwumike trade last season.
For Seattle, the trade creates a very full roster. If Ezi Magbegor comes over, as previously planned, they’ll need to release one of their 12 current players to create room for any future draft picks. It also reunites Tuck with UConn teammate Breanna Stewart.
Per the team’s press release, Storm CEO and General Manager Alisha Valvanis said, “We are thrilled to welcome Morgan to Seattle Storm basketball. Morgan is an elite competitor with a championship pedigree. She adds a versatility that we believe will complement our team and our style of play.”
The Storm look to return to the championship game after winning it all in 2018.
While with Connecticut Tuck proved she could both drive to the basket and shoot from distance, something that will compliment the versatility of other players on the Storm’s roster.
Tuck’s most obvious competition for a spot in the rotation is Courtney Paris, with two very different visions of how a power forward operates.
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