Two names removed from Aces frontcourt battle
The Las Vegas Aces waived forward Raisa Musina over the weekend. Musina, 22, signed a training camp contract with the team in February.
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“We all took an overall look at the current world situation and thought this year wouldn’t give her the best opportunity to compete for a spot,” Aces general manager Dan Padover told High Post Hoops.
The Mercury selected Musina with the No. 21 overall pick in the second round of the 2018 WNBA Draft. Phoenix waived her before the start of the season, citing issues Musina faced securing a visa to arrive in time for the start of training camp.
Musina averaged nearly seven points and seven rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game for Russia at EuroBasket 2019 and appeared in 13 games this season for EuroLeague powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg. More consistency with her 3-point shooting and drives to the rim will make the 6’4″ combo forward an intriguing player for WNBA teams to continue to monitor.
“Raisa has the advantage of playing with and against the W’s best every season and I think you can see her skill set adapting,” Padover said. “She has always been a hustler and rebounder but her perimeter [game] has continued to get better, specifically her 3-ball.”
The team also announced on Thursday that JiSu Park will remain overseas in 2020. The Aces acquired the rights to Park as part of a 2018 draft-day deal with the Lynx. Minnesota received a 2019 second-rounder in the deal and used that pick to select Jessica Shepard at No. 16 overall.
The Aces have seven returning players under contract after re-signing All-WNBA center Liz Cambage last month. Offseason signings Angel McCoughtry and Danielle Robinson bring the roster count to nine. Two-year pro Lindsay Allen, 2020 third-rounder Lauren Manis and training camp invitee Avery Warley-Talbert would be expected to compete for the final roster spots if training camp opened today.
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