Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Atlanta Dream and the 2009-10 Offseason

Here's what we know about our Dream players off-season.

Erika de Souza is returning to Ros Casares in Spain where she'll be playing in both the Spanish League and the Euroleague. (Euroleague and Eurocup are "superleagues" involving teams from multiple countries.) She played for El Ros last year as well.

Sancho Lyttle is moving to Perfumerias in Spain. She'll also be playing in both the Spanish League and Euroleague. Ros Casares and Perfumerias finished 1-2 last year in Spain; expect those Ros Casares/Perfumerias games to be big-time matchups.

Michelle Snow is leaving the Spanish League and playing for Dynamo Kursk in the Russian Superleague A. Dynamo Kursk will also be playing in Eurocup, which is a competition very much like Euroleague - Eurocup is the less prestigious of the two.

Shalee Lehning has already stated that when the season ends, she'll return to Manhattan, Kansas to finish up her degree work and graduate after Fall Semester 2009.

Angel McCoughtry Twittered on August 5th that she was still trying to "figure out where I may end up overseas". We don't know if she's received any offers just yet.

Everyone else, we don't know about.

Armintie Price played for top team Joventut in the Spanish League last year, but no word as to if she has re-signed with them.

Jennifer Lacy went all the way to Beijing in China last year. Lacy was very popular in China.

Ivory Latta played for a Turkish team last year before she was acquired by Maccabi Ramat Hen of Israel for a late season championship push. I expect Latta to definitely be playing overseas in 2009-10, but I don't know where.

Chamique Holdsclaw played for Krakow (Wisla Can-Pack) in Poland last year until an injury ended her season. Both sides mutually canceled her contract, and I don't know if Holdsclaw wants to return to Poland or not.

Iziane Castro Marques played in the French League before being acquired by Extrugasa of the Spanish League. Extrugasa was desperately trying to avoid relegation, but Castro Marques couldn't keep them from being demoted. She'll probably play overseas again.

Coco Miller played not for the Russian Superleague A, but Russian Superleague B team Spartak Noginsk. They must have paid her well. It's not often that foreign players agree to play for B-league teams in Europe unless they have no choice.

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