Catching up on recent moves by the Aces
The Las Vegas Aces added to their training camp roster last week by signing Avery Warley-Talbert.
The six-year WNBA veteran appeared in 66 regular season and playoff games with the New York Liberty in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons. Aces head coach and president of basketball operations Bill Laimbeer was New York’s head coach from 2013 through 2017 before accepting his current position in Las Vegas.
Warley-Talbert has also spent time with the Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream and San Antonio Stars. She was in camp with the Liberty last season and joined the club for a brief stint while Rebecca Allen was sidelined by injury and four players were away competing at EuroBasket.
The 2020 Aces may have an opening for a fifth big to earn a roster spot in training camp behind restricted free agent Liz Cambage, A’ja Wilson, Dearica Hamby and JiSu Park. The club shipped its 2020 first- and second-round picks out last year in the Cambage trade, leaving them with one third-round pick (No. 33 overall).
Young stretch forward Raisa Musina may also enter that mix. The Aces signed her to a training camp contract last month. The Mercury selected Musina with the No. 21 pick in 2018. She was unable to come over in time for training camp and was waived by the team prior to the start of the season.
The Aces also re-signed point guard Lindsay Allen earlier this month. The Notre Dame alum sat out last season after undergoing knee surgery. Laimbeer drafted Allen in 2017 and signed her to join the Aces for the franchise’s inaugural season in Las Vegas after relocating from San Antonio.
Laimbeer and general manager Dan Padover went out and signed unrestricted free agents Angel McCoughtry (story) and Danielle Robinson (story) earlier this offseason. The team also re-signed veteran shooting guard Sugar Rodgers. Cambage remains unsigned as of Friday, and the team still has plenty of cap space that could be used to either lure one of the remaining free agents to Las Vegas or preserve to keep their options open for potential trades.
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