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Minnesota Lynx Waive Shae Kelley, Asia Taylor

The Lynx needed to get their final roster down to 12 players, and the team announced Tuesday that Kelley and Taylor did not make the cut.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota needed to reduce its roster to 12 players before Thursday's league deadline, and yesterday the team waived forwards Shae Kelley and Asia Taylor.

The Lynx drafted Taylor in 2014 (No. 36 overall), and she played 22 games for the team last season. During that stint, Taylor averaged 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds over 7.9 minutes on the floor.

Kelley was a University of Minnesota alum and entering her rookie season in the WNBA. The Lynx selected her No. 35 overall after a draft-day trade with New York.

Being a hometown favorite, many fans hoped to see Kelley make the team, but the cut didn't come as a huge surprise considering Minnesota's current roster situation. Monica Wright is still not at 100 percent capacity after suffering an injury on the first day of training camp, so head coach Cheryl Reeve needed to keep additional guards on hand to support that position. Rookie Jennifer O'Neill will most likely be the one to fill that role and relieve Wright off the bench.

Minnesota's current roster holds seven forwards and five guards.

The Lynx will tip off their regular season on Friday against Tulsa.