The latest Women's Basketball injury news from RotoWire's experts.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter two solid seasons to start her WNBA career with the Dream, Holmes is expected to miss the upcoming season on maternity leave. However, that didn't dissuade the Sun from checking on her availability in a trade and they've now put a deal in place to do so. While Holmes won't be available during the upcoming campaign, she should eventually provided depth at forward for the Sun. Holmes finished the 2017 season with averages of 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 21.7 minutes.
RotoWire AnalysisHarden was an undrafted free agent out of Wichita State back in 2015 and ended up earning a spot with the Mercury for two consecutive seasons. She was expected to do so again last year, but ended up suffering a torn right labrum in her shoulder, which ended her season immediately and resulted in being cut following training camp. After nearly a full year to get back to full strength, the Mercury will bring Harden back on board and she'll head to training camp with the intention of earning a spot in the wing rotation with the likes of Yvonne Turner and Steph Talbot.
RotoWire AnalysisJanuary played 25 games for the Fever last season before tearing her meniscus and missing the remainder of the campaign. Prior to the injury, she averaged 9.5 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 boards across 26.3 minutes.
RotoWire AnalysisAfter signing with the Sky prior to the 2017 campaign, Ndour ended up suffering an undisclosed season-ending injury. It appears the Sky aren't overly concerned about it though, as they've extended Ndour a contract extension and will bring her back for the 2018 season. Ndour's role is still a bit unclear, but with Stefanie Dolson re-upping with the Sky as well, Ndour will likely have to settle for a spot on the bench as a reserve.
RotoWire AnalysisFaulkner missed the entire 2017 campaign after suffering a torn ACL while playing for Polish team CCC Polkwice in April. However, the Sky are still opting to bring her back once again and have officially re-signed the 25-year-old guard. Prior to the injury, Faulkner had spent the previous three years in Chicago as well and finished the 2016 season playing in 34 games with averages of 7.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.0 steal across 19.3 minutes. Considering she's fresh off an injury, Faulkner will likely be brought along slowly early on during the upcoming campaign, so it may be wise to temper expectations out of the gate.
RotoWire AnalysisJohnson -- who averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals across 24.9 minutes in 14 games last season -- sustained a torn left ACL during a July 11 practice. The team was 7-9 with her in the lineup and 2-16 after the injury. She has continued her rehabilitation and "anticipates a full recovery and hopeful return during the 2018 WNBA season."
RotoWire AnalysisThis is a tough break for Seattle, as Tokashiki announced she won't play for the Storm all year as she prepares for the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in September. In her three-year WNBA career, the 26-year-old has averaged 5.5 points and 2.4 rebounds across 15.2 minutes per game. Tokashiki is expected to re-join the Storm for the 2019 season.
RotoWire AnalysisThis is a brutal blow for the Mystics, as Meesseman finished top three on the team in points (14.1), rebounds (5.7), assists (2.8), steals (1.0) and minutes (28.4) per game last season. According to general manager and head coach Mike Thibault, the 24-year-old will take the year off to rest and focus on her national team preparation ahead of the 2018 World Cup of Basketball. She's expected to return to the Mystics for the 2019 season.
RotoWire AnalysisMcCoughtry sat out the entirety of the 2017 season to rest. She had averaged at least 18.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals in each of the previous seven seasons. Her 19.5 career points per game rank fourth in WNBA history, while her 2.2 career steals per game rank second. Designating the 31-year-old McCoughtry as a core player grants the Dream exclusive negotiating rights with their star forward.
RotoWire AnalysisHolmes issued a statement Tuesday, noting that she intends to return to action for the Dream in 2019. The 23-year-old Holmes, who was selected in the first round in 2016, has averaged 7.6 points and 2.7 rebounds across her first two seasons with Atlanta. In her absence, look for Damiras Dantas and Tamera Young to see increased roles.
RotoWire AnalysisThrough six games, McCoughtry is averaging 14.3 points, a mark good for No. 14 overall in the league. As arguably the best player on last year's defending EuroLeague champions, it's unclear if or when she'll make her return to the WNBA. She sat out the 2017 season to rest, and if she does return, the Atlanta Dream would still own her rights.
RotoWire AnalysisAs expected, Whalen has returned to practice in advance of the team's first playoff game after being sidelined since Aug. 3. Until there is official word, however, she should still be considered questionable for the Lynx first playoff game Tuesday.
RotoWire AnalysisClark, along with point guard Sue Bird, will both get the night off for rest Sunday, as the Storm are electing to give them some extra rest ahead of the team's upcoming playoff run. Look for Clark to be back in the starting lineup as soon as Wednesday's playoff opener, though in the meantime Noelle Quinn and Koleena Mosqueda-Lewis are expected to fill in as the two replacements in the top unit.
RotoWire AnalysisWith the Storm already locked in to a playoff berth, they'll elect to rest Bird with the hope of keeping her as fresh as possible for a playoff run. That said, the 36-year-old point guard is in no danger of missing any playoff action and she should be ready for Wednesday's opener against either the Mystics or Mercury. With Alysha Clark also out for rest, look for Noelle Quinn and Koleena Mosqueda-Lewis to enter the starting five.
RotoWire AnalysisCloud continues to be hampered by a hip injury and with the Mystics already having locked up a spot in the playoffs, there was no real need to bring her back for Sunday's regular season finale. That said, it remains to be seen if Cloud is on the brink of a return due to a lack of a timetable provided by the Mystics, so she'll continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. Cloud's next opportunity to play will be Wednesday's playoff opener against either the Storm or Wings.
RotoWire AnalysisWhalen has been sidelined since Aug. 3 and while she'll be unable to take part in the Lynx's season finale on Sunday, she's fully expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs. Look for confirmation on Whalen's availability later this week. She owns averages of 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists across 23.6 minutes per game. She's also started all 22 games she's played in, but it's unclear if Whalen will immediately be re-inserted to the top unit, or if the Lynx will ultimately ease her back into the swing of things off the bench.
RotoWire AnalysisJefferson will miss her fifth consecutive game to end the season due to knee soreness. She will finish the season with an average of 9.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.5 steals across 24.5 minutes per game.
RotoWire AnalysisCloud has been dealing with a lingering hip injury for the better part of two weeks. There's no timetable for a return, however, so she should still be considered day-to-day past Friday's contest.
RotoWire AnalysisJefferson continues to battle soreness in her right knee, and Friday will mark her fourth consecutive absence. Her next opportunity to return will come Saturday in the Stars' season-closing matchup with the Fever in Indianapolis.
No players are returning today.
|Ann Wauters||Not Injury Related||5/1/2018|