Unrestricted Free Agents: Jessica Moore
Restricted Free Agents: None
Reserved: Jessica Breland
Yep, that’s it. Not much for Mike Thibault and Sun GM Chris Sienko to worry about in terms of their existing players this offseason. After looking like a serviceable post backup (and, of course, having gone to the University of Connecticut), Jessica Moore may well return; Jessica Breland will probably get the chance to make the team in training camp.
Connecticut have plenty of cap room to chase players in free agency if they so wish. The various guards available (or at least potentially available) – Tanisha Wright, Candice Wiggins, Essence Carson, Deanna Nolan etc. – would all be upgrades on the likes of Kalana Greene, Danielle McCray and Allison Hightower, but it’ll be tough to get hold of any of those players. Sue Bird would be the obvious Holy Grail for a team just down the road from UConn, but it’s very hard to see her leaving Seattle. For those that haven’t heard, Spanish youngster Alba Torrens just blew out her knee, so while the Sun still hold her rights, they won’t be seeing her this year.
The post starters are cemented with Asjha Jones and Tina Charles, but I’m sure they’d be interested in more depth or more talented backup. With France involved in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, 2012 is another year where they likely won’t have Sandrine Gruda (although there’s always the chance that she could show up for the second half of the season). That leaves the likes of Kelsey Griffin, Moore and Breland coming off the bench. Someone like Ruth Riley, Cathrine Kraayeveld or Alison Bales might be a useful addition. And while she doesn’t exactly seem like a perfect fit with Thibault, her time at UConn makes you think the Sun could be a potential destination for Charde Houston. Her defense would drive Mike crazy, but as an extra scoring threat she could help this team.