It’s been a busy week in the WNBA. The preseason schedule has been released which includes 15 games. The Chinese National Team will be playing Los Angeles at Viejas Arena on May 1 before facing off the Silver Stars at McDermott Center on May 4. The final leg of the trip will be at U.S. Airways Center when China plays the Phoenix Mercury on May 8. The Polish National Team will be playing the Connecticut Sun on May 7. Every team will be getting some preseason action besides the Atlanta Dream who decided to forgo seeing how those draft picks will play at brunch time outside of a practice facility.
The Minnesota Lynx have been making major changes to its roster signing free agent Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and trading Roneeka Hodges to the San Antonio Silver Stars for the right to swap second round picks in the 2010 WNBA Draft. Not that the Lynx need any picks from this year’s lackluster draft. The Lynx will probably be (even though I’ve been saying this for the past two years) one of the best teams barring any unforeseeable injuries or mishaps. Currently on the roster is a slew of talent including a recovering Siemone Augustus, All-Star and veteran point guard Lindsey Whalen, Candice Wiggins, Charde Houston, WNBA-Champion Rebekkah Brunson, Nicky Anosike, and now Hamchetou Maiga-Ba. Maiga-Ba isn’t a well-known player, but she definitely played a significant role in helping the Sacramento Monarchs win a championship in 2005. The only thing I’m worried about is the lack of experience at the center position. But it’s only February and there is plenty of time to make a few more changes to Minnesota’s evolving roster.