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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.”
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) February 13, 2018
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.
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Would we like to trade Isaiah Thomas or Jae Crowder? Why not both?!
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.
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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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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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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ATLANTA – With a shared commitment to improved maintenance of athletes’ health, Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Dream have announced an expansion of their current partnership with a designation of Emory as the Official Team Healthcare and Official Sports Medicine Provider.
The partnership provides the Atlanta Dream with comprehensive and seamless state-of-the-art medical care. This includes access to Emory’s world class Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, and Spine Center physicians and all of Emory Healthcare. The partnership also provides the Dream access to Emory’s sports science research and performance measurement expertise at the new Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Brookhaven.
“We are excited to continue to build on our relationship with Emory Healthcare,” Atlanta Dream president Theresa Wenzel says. “As we embark on our second decade in Atlanta and have a new head coach leading the franchise, we are thrilled to be able to offer the best possible health care to our players.”
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) February 6, 2018
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have signed guard Maggie Lucas to a training camp contract the team announced Tuesday.
“While Maggie has had a string of bad luck with ACL’s, I can say with certainty no one attacks rehab harder than she does,” Collen said. “My hope for Maggie is that she enters training camp ready to compete at her pre-injury level.”
Lucas played 64 games over three seasons for the Indiana Fever before tearing her ACL four games in to the 2016 season. Due to the injury, Lucas missed the remainder of the 2016 season and the entire 2017 WNBA season. She has career averages of 4.9 points and has shot 33.5% from the three-point line.
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ATLANTA – Atlanta Dream head coach Nicki Collen announced the signing of unrestricted free agent forward Jessica Breland to multi-year contract.
“Jessica is a huge get for us,” Collen said. “It was a hard decision for her to leave a place that was comfortable for her and take a chance on the Dream and me, but I am incredibly thankful for the chance to coach her. I believe she is a perfect fit for our up-tempo system. I can’t wait to see her in a Dream uniform.”
Breland, a six-year veteran, started 33 of 34 games for the Chicago Sky in 2017. A big with range, Breland averaged a career-high 9.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. She was one of the top unrestricted free agents available this offseason.
“I want to thank the Chicago Sky for some incredible memories,” Breland said. “I am looking forward to creating memories and experiences with the Atlanta Dream. I am excited to take this next step in my career with Coach Nicki and my new teammates.”