It's official: Sun deal Whalen to Lynx for Montgomery
The Connecticut Sun formally announced a trade this afternoon that sent point guard Lindsay Whalen and the second pick in this year's WNBA Draft to the Minnesota Lynx for point guard Renee Montgomery and the No. 1 overall pick.
Montgomery, the former UConn star, was introduced at the press conference.
"It's a bittersweet moment for me and I'm sure Lindsay Whalen as well because you build a bond with the people that you go to in the beginning," Montgomery said. "I know she loves Connecticut and who couldn't. It's also a sweet moment (for me) because you get to come back to a place that you love."
Montgomery, drafted No. 4 overall by the Lynx in 2009, started nine of 34 games last season after earning All-American honors and helping UConn to a perfect season and its sixth NCAA championship. She averaged 22.5 minutes, nine points and 2.1 assists and was named to the All-Rookie team. She had a career-high 24 points in an Aug. 7 win over the Sun.
Whalen averaged 12.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in six seasons with the Sun. She helped the team to the 2004 and 2005 WNBA Finals and was second in the 2008 league MVP vote.
Connecticut drafted Whalen in 2004 after trading then Olympic guard Shannon Johnson to the San Antonio Silver Stars for the fourth overall pick.
Whalen is currently playing overseas for ZVVZ USK Prague of the Czech Republic.
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