New York has decided to add more veteran talent to bolster its rotation who should make an impact, especially defensively.
The New York Liberty announced Monday that they have signed free agent guard Tanisha Wright, center Carolyn, and forward Rebecca Allen.
Wright is the most notable name, where she spent 10 years with the Seattle Storm, and won a championship with them in 2015. During her career, she made the All-Defensive First Team four times, and can play both guard positions effectively.
She also contemplated retirement toward the end of last season, but this signing indicates that Wright wants to make an impact on another team before calling it quits. In addition, her signing continues to show that the Seattle Storm is committed toward a youth movement, when you consider their trade last week where they acquired the #3 pick in the 2015 Draft.
Swords will be 26 during the 2015 season and has played mostly as a reserve player in her three years in the WNBA (2011-13), all with the Chicago Sky. She is currently playing for Umertide in Italy. Allen, an Australian has never played in the WNBA, but played six seasons in the WNBL, where she won the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year. She currently plays for the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers. Allen also represented Australia in the 2014 FIBA World Champmionships.
I didn’t know what to expect from the Liberty this offseason, but 2014 was a year of unmet expectations considering that they have two top-tier All-Stars in Cappie Pondexter and Tina Charles, the 2012 league MVP. But after this move, especially Wright’s signing and Allen’s potential to make an impact in the WNBA, it’s clear that they still want to position themselves for a deep 2015 playoff run as a tough defensive squad.