Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chantelle Anderson Signed to Training Camp Contract

According to the 2009 WNBA Transactions board, Chantelle Anderson has been signed to a training camp contract in 2009 with the Atlanta Dream.

For those who follow the women's BB message boards, this is no news, and for those who have been following the Dream, this is no surprise. (Kasha Terry's being waived was news - I hadn't heard about it - but it wasn't a surprise.) Anderson has been doing all sorts of community work and interviews and talking about the upcoming season in the future tense as if she'd be a part of it.

There's that old saying from athletes: "all I want is a chance to prove myself". Anderson has now got her chance, although if Michelle Snow ends up on the Dream - and the rumbles of that happening sound fainter and fainter - it might be a snowball's chance, if you know what I mean.

Here's what I find interesting: some WNBA players get "signed" (Hamchetou Maiga-Ba, Ashley Robinson, Chasity Melvin) and some get "signed to a training camp contract" (Anderson, Yuko Oga, Crystal Smith).

So what is the difference between the two? It appears that being signed to a training camp contract is no guarantee of being signed for the season. Is there pay involved in being signed to a training camp contract, or are you just given the opportunity to participate? (Bring yer own shoes.) Is there an upper limit to the amount of people that can attend training camp?

I just find these sorts of things interesting.

Update: The press release from the Atlanta Dream.


Anonymous said...

Max 15 in camp this year.

Training camp contract just means one year deal at minimum pay for that player's league experience. Definitely means they can be cut although anyone without a protected deal can be cut anyway and not hurt team salary cap so the distinction is not as major as it might seem.

Don't lose the faith on Snow. Give it time.

Anonymous said...

so, this lastest signing is still a training camp contract? it reads to me as if she is officially signed as Dream Snow? just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Chantelle signed to training camp contract on 2/11 and signed on 2/12as what? confused here.

Anonymous said...

Anon #3, I'm sort of confused myself, since the Dream press release doesn't mention that this is a training camp contract, but the WNBA Transaction page does. I'm going to assume that this is a training camp contract until I get further notice.

Anon #2, I'm going to hold out faith that we can still get Snow. We don't even know if Leuchanka or de Souza are going to show up in camp.

Anon #1, thanks for the info. However, even with 15 slots in training camp, I still don't see how we're going to be able to squeeze our embarassment of riches in. Remember we have four draft picks and they all (presumably) get training camp spots - unless we throw one away on a top Euroleague player who won't come just to have her rights.

Anonymous said...

Desouza is coming, that was a silly rumor jayda started with zero basis in fact (same person that told us in her blog that Betty Lennox was not coming in 08)
Leuchanka is coming but a bit late due to tournament
Not all draft picks have to be invited to camp this year.
Due to roster size, definitely expect to see more euro picks start happening

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #4, thanks for the update.

Hmmm...if there are Europicks to be made, I'll have to think about who they can be spent on....