WNBA training camp is about to conclude its first week and legend Sheryl Swoopes (pictured far right) hasn’t found a team. Sacramento GM John Whisenant said he was approached by Swoopes’ agent, but didn’t go into many details about the noted scorer/defender because he knew he didn’t want to make a cut to clear space for Swoopes on his roster. The Monarchs have a nice blend of young players with eight returnees from the 2005 championship roster.
Swoopes’ representatives have talked with other teams, according to sources, yet a deal hasn’t been reached. Whisenant said if she does land somewhere it’s going to be because she’s a “perfect fit.” Swoopes, 38, is a max-salary player, trying to rebound from back surgery in October 2007.
The Storm cut Swoopes before salary’s became guaranteed in February. She was upset at the late-night maneuver because it didn’t give her agent much time to find another option. She’d also spent the offseason promoting the Storm and should have been treated better.
Teammates didn’t like the way the organization handled the situation, but, again, with rosters cut from 13 to 11, understood the need.
“I was sad,” said Lauren Jackson in a recent interview. “A lot of people were shocked and with the rosters being cut down, it didn’t leave much of an opportunity to get picked up anywhere else. I don’t know what Sheryl is planning to do. My initial was shock and sadness for her. But it is a business and it’s sort of what I went through, as well. It really is a business and you have to think about yourself first and your team. We go there to win and we get paid to play and I support whatever the Storm [does].”
As of this week, players from the 2008 roster hadn’t made contact with Swoopes. She hosted a benefit downtown for her foundation in April, has broadcasted a few Washington women’s basketball games and said she wanted her son to complete school here before making any decisions about future living arrangements.
The Storm said they are open to having her work for the community relations department, but CEO Karen Bryant noted Swoopes’ intentions are to play this summer. She averaged a career-low 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Storm. Prior to her back injury, the three-time MVP averaged 15.9 points, 5.9 boards, 3.7 assists, and 2.1 steals for Houston.