In support of the mission to reinvigorate and rebuild the franchise, the Seattle Storm says they have acquired new talent to the roster. In a trade with the Connecticut Sun, the Storm has added guard Renee Montgomery, and the third and 15th picks in the upcoming 2015 WNBA draft. In return, the Sun acquire veteran post Camille Little and forward Shekinna Stricklen.
“We are thankful for Camille and Shekinna’s dedication to this franchise,” said Storm President & General Manager Alisha Valavanis. “Both have been important to the growth and success of the Storm over the past few years.”
Already the owner of the number one overall selection in the upcoming WNBA Draft, Seattle adds the third overall selection, marking the first time the franchise has owned multiple top five picks. The trade also gives the Storm the third pick in the second round, number 15 overall.
“We have a clear vision and game plan for the direction of this team,” added Valavanis. “Today’s trade executes against that vision. It’s an incredible opportunity to optimize the 2015 WNBA Draft, infusing youth into the roster.”
Montgomery, a 5-7 guard from Connecticut, was drafted fourth overall to Minnesota in the 2009 WNBA Draft, and holds career averages of 11 points per game, 3 assists per game and 1.8 rebounds per game. As a 2011 WNBA All-Star and 2012 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, Montgomery will add depth to Seattle’s backcourt. She leaves the Sun ranked third all-time in assists, with 543, and fifth all-time in made three-pointers, with 245.
“I have always loved Renee’s playmaking abilities and how she can create for herself and for others,” said Storm Head Coach Jenny Boucek. “As we look to implement an offensive system utilizing movement and pace, we believe Renee will be a great asset.”
Seattle opens the 2015 season on June 6 vs. Los Angeles. Storm 360 Memberships, starting at $179, are still available by calling (206) 217-WNBA (9622) or by visiting StormBasketball.com.