Atlanta Dream Re-Signs Forward Damiris Dantas

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have entered in to a new contract with forward Damiris Dantas, the team announced Wednesday.

“I am thrilled to announce the signing of Damiris Dantas,” head coach Nicki Collen said. “DD has the size, skill, and strength to score in a variety of ways for us. She can knock down the three, attack the basket off the dribble or score on the low block.

“I am excited to see how her game grows as she enters her fourth WNBA season.”

Dream Sign Forward Adaora Elonu to Training Camp Contract

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have signed forward Adaora Elonu to a training camp contract, the team announced Tuesday.

“I am excited to see what Adaora can do in our camp,” head coach Nicki Collen said. “She is a versatile forward that is comfortable on the perimeter or in the post. I believe her greatest strength is her ability to defend multiple positions.”

Elonu, who currently plays for CB Avenida in the Spanish League, was a four-year letterwinner for Texas A&M and a member of the 2010-11 National Championship team. In Spain, Elonu is averaging 10.3 points and 3.2 rebounds for the first-place squad. She has played even better against EuroLeague competition, leading her team with 12.0 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Who Runs The World, Girls!

The women of the U.S. are kicking butt and taking names this year at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the whole world is taking notice.
Representing for the ladies was Chloe Kim who scored a gold medal on the half pipe this week. On top of that, she became the youngest women ever to win an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding at only 17 years old.

In the snowboarding slopestyle competition, athlete Jamie Anderson become a returning champ as she took home the Gold again for the United States. In her first run of the competition, Anderson led the scoreboard with 83 points for the win.

Mirai Nagasau, also raised a big applause when she became the first American women ever to land a triple axel in figure skating. At only 24, this was a personal best and she took home third place overall representing Team USA.

These fabulous ladies did not disappoint, and the U.S. is rooting for them as we continue with Day 6 of the Winter Olympic Games.

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Trading Places: Cavs Edition

Would we like to trade Isaiah Thomas or Jae Crowder? Why not both?!

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It’s been no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers have had a rocky season. The lack of chemistry brought big questions as to what the Cavaliers were going to do in terms of this year’s trade deadline.
But in a twist of events Cleveland has traded Isaiah Thomas and forward Channing Frye to the LA Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.. In addition, Dwayne Wade is being traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for the second-round draft pick and the team is bringing in point guard George Hill and Rodney Hood.
Additionally, Iman Shumpert will make his way to the Sacramento Kings and Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder will leave the Cavs for the Utah Jazz.

Thomas has remained under a lot of scrutiny since his long-standing injury. This move may give him fresh start and a chance to score without the help of LeBron James.  Although, he’s not happy with the move embracing this change could be very beneficial.
Not to mention the Lakers have now opened an opportunity to go after NBA All-Stars Lebron James and Paul George.
Wade is returning to his former championship team, despite the Heat’s recent string of injuries. However, this could be a great opportunity for him to reclaim that spot as the leading scorer and potentially carry the Heat to great success. Rumor has it that he plans to retire in Miami sometime soon.

As for the Cavs, this young new look will work to their advantage. This was definitely the time to revamp their backcourt and bringing in Hill and Hood gives James some new talent to work with. Although, it could be interesting to see how Clarkson and J.R. Smith adapt to this new team environment.
The results of today may not bear sandy beaches for everybody, but with these strategic changes these new teams are looking good!

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Dream Announces 2018 Schedule

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream will tip off its first season under head coach Nicki Collen on the road against the Dallas Wings on Sunday, May 20 as part of #WNBAAllDay and WNBA Tip-Off powered by Verizon, according to the 2018 WNBA schedule, which was released Thursday by league officials.

Collen and the Dream will make their first appearance at home on Saturday, May 26 beginning at 6 p.m. against the Wings, at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus.

Full 2018 Schedule Here

“I’m excited about my first year as a head coach in the best professional league in the world,” Collen said. “The nature of the condensed schedule makes this season daunting for every team in this league.  The are no nights off in the WNBA.  Playing 34 games in 92 days will be a challenge to us, and will require a discipline to scouting, recovery, and will put a premium on having a deeper bench.”

WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry is BACCCKKK!

ATLANTA – Perennial WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry has signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Dream and has announced her intention to return to the Atlanta franchise for the 2018 season.

Video Message from Angel McCoughtry

“I am excited to return to the Atlanta Dream for the upcoming WNBA season,” said McCoughtry. “I look forward to reuniting with my Dream teammates and coaching staff to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta. We have a loyal and enthusiastic fan base who I can’t wait see when the WNBA season tips off.”

Playing year-round since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Dream in 2009 WNBA Draft, McCoughtry decided to sit out the 2017 season to rest her body. With her return, Atlanta will add the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and two-time All-WNBA First Team member.

“I’m elated to welcome Angel McCoughtry back to the Dream,” Head Coach Nicki Collen said. “As a former No. 1 overall pick, two-time Olympian and All-WNBA performer, she is so important to the Dream franchise. After time away from the WNBA, I believe she is reenergized and excited to be back in front of the Dream fans and her teammates and sees a bright future here in Atlanta.”