The Sacramento Monarchs traded Crystal Kelly to the Detroit Shock for point guard Kristin Haynie. Haynie was acquired in the Atlanta Dream Dispersal Draft in 2008 before being released from the team in 2009. She was later picked up by the Detroit Shock. The halfway decent backup point guard has returned to her home in Sacramento where she was drafted in the 2005 WNBA Draft as the ninth overall pick.
General manager and now head coach John Whisenant wants to recapture the team from 2005 – the WNBA Champion Monarchs. That flame has long since burned out. The team is getting older and not any better. But how can you with the acquisitions (or lack there of) for the past few years. There have been few sold players on the squad this season – Nicole Powell, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba, and occasionally Rebekkah Brunson to name a few. Kara Lawson can move to the shooting guard spot now that the Monarchs have a legitimate backup point guard in Kristin Haynie. But you can’t just put a band-aid over an arterial bleed and call it a day. The general manager needs to find legit players who can make an immediate impact on the Monarchs squad.
Unfortunately, it’s too late for that this season. The trade deadline passed on Monday. There is no Candace Parker level talent that will be emerging from the NCAA in 2010. Whisenant’s lack of general managing for the past 2 years seems to be biting him in the behind right now. Maybe the demise of the Monarchs wasn’t totally Jenny Boucek’s fault.