The Minnesota Lynx announced Monday that they have acquired guard Renee Montgomery and a 2016 second-round draft pick from Seattle in exchange for injured guard Monica Wright.
The transaction will actually mean a return to Minnesota for Montgomery, who was drafted by the Lynx No. 4 overall in the 2009 WNBA Draft.
During her one season in Minnesota, Montgomery was named to the 2009 Adidas All-Rookie Team and averaged 9.0 pts, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rpg.— Lynx PR (@Lynx_PR) July 20, 2015
Minnesota traded Montgomery and rights to the No. 1 overall pick to Connecticut in 2010 in a deal that brought Minnesota native and current guard Lindsay Whalen to the Lynx. Montgomery was traded to Seattle in January 2015.
In 17 games for the Storm this season, Montgomery is averaging 7.1 points, 3.2 assist and 1.8 rebounds over 17.8 minutes on the floor. She is generally utilized off the bench, although she has made the starting lineup twice this year. During the 2014 season, Montgomery averaged 6.7 points and 2.4 assists per game.
During her time with the Sun, the 5'7" guard played in seven playoff games (2011 and 2012) and was named to the 2011 Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve.
Interestingly enough, Montgomery also played college ball in Connecticut, helping the Huskies to a 138-11 record over her four-year career. During her time there, Montgomery saw two trips to the NCAA Women's Final Four, four NCAA Regionals, four Big East regular season titles and three Big East Tournament crowns. She tallied 147 career starts with the Huskies.
Wright, selected No. 2 overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft, has proved an integral part of Minnesota's roster, and it will be hard to see her leave, but recent injuries have plagued the guard. After originally suffering from a calf injury, she also underwent arthroscopic surgery on her knee July 16 and is sidelined indefinitely. Wright played in only seven games for the Lynx this season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 assists per game with limited minutes.
Up until this point, the guard has been relatively healthy, playing in 161 of 185 regular-season games. The 2013 season proved one of Wright's most notable, as she averaged 9.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game en route to the WNBA Championship. Her career highs include 32 points (6/1/10), nine rebounds (7/11/13) and seven assists (7/22/14).
If Wright recovers well from knee surgery, she will add depth and experience to the Storm lineup, while Montgomery offers a more immediate guard option to the Lynx going forward with the 2015 season.
The 2016 second round pick could also prove valuable, as Seattle currently has the third worst record in the WNBA, and that pick could be used to add even more talent to the Lynx roster.
But it's clear that the Lynx are going all-in to go after another championship this season, adding veterans like Cruz, Asjha Jones, and now Montgomery to their core.