Moments after posting our story about Tina Thompson signing with Seattle, a few Brazilian reporters sent stories stating unrestricted free agent Iziane Castro Marques is contemplating a deal with the Storm. Castro Marques was shipped to Atlanta in a three-team deal orchestrated by Storm coach and general manager Brian Agler in 2008 that ultimately brought All-Star Swin Cash to Seattle.
In three seasons with the Storm, Castro Marques averaged 9.3 points and started 92 games. With Atlanta, the 6-foot wing grew to be part of the most explosive tandem in the WNBA with All-Star Angel McCoughtry. The duo helped lead the Dream to back-to-back Eastern Conference championships, losing the WNBA title to Seattle in 2010 and Minnesota last year.
But while McCoughtry averaged 21.6 points last season, Castro Marques became a reserve and averaged 7.6 points in 19.8 minutes. And she’s not one of the highlighted players on the team’s website, if that carries any weight. (Ashley Robinson was still on the Storm’s, so…)
I’ve done the math, and even if Thompson were to sign and take a serious pay cut, Castro Marques doesn’t seem to fit. Especially not at the quoted salary in the story — $101,000 in the first of a three-year deal. But I’m not certain of everyone’s salary, only that Lauren Jackson’s max of 105,500 does count toward the max $878,000 salary cap despite her not joining the team until after the Olympics.