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Bria Holmes    Connecticut Sun    ML    Not Injury Related
Holmes (maternity leave) was traded to Connecticut on Thursday, Hawks play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun reports. In exchange for Holmes, Atlanta will receive Connecticut's 2018 second-round draft pick.

RotoWire Analysis

After 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.
Alex Harden    Phoenix Mercury    GTD    Shoulder
Harden signed a contract with the Mercury, Ben Dull of HighPostHoops.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Harden 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.
Briann January    Phoenix Mercury    OUT    Knee
January (knee) was traded to the Mercury from the Fever, Doug Feinberg of the Associated Press reports. The Fever will receive the eighth pick in the draft while the Mercury are receiving the 12th pick.

RotoWire Analysis

January 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.
Astou Ndour    Chicago Sky    SUSP-DNR    Undisclosed
Ndour re-signed with the Sky on Thursday.

RotoWire Analysis

After 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.
Jamierra Faulkner    Chicago Sky    SUSP-INJ    Knee
Faulkner re-signed with the Sky on Monday.

RotoWire Analysis

Faulkner 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.
Shenise Johnson    Indiana Fever    OUT    Knee
Johnson (knee) has inked a deal to remain with the Fever.

RotoWire Analysis

Johnson -- 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."
Ramu Tokashiki    Seattle Storm    OUT    Personal
Tokashiki will miss the entire 2018 season due to her Japan National Team commitments, HoopFeed.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

This 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.
Emma Meesseman    Washington Mystics    OUT    Personal
Meesseman will miss the entire 2018 season, SummittHoops.com reports.

RotoWire Analysis

This 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.
Angel McCoughtry    Atlanta Dream
McCoughtry was designated as a core player by Atlanta.

RotoWire Analysis

McCoughtry 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.
Bria Holmes    Atlanta Dream    ML    Not Injury Related
The Dream announced Tuesday that Holmes is pregnant and will miss the entire 2018 season.

RotoWire Analysis

Holmes 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.
Angel McCoughtry    Atlanta Dream
McCoughtry had a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds Sunday playing for Dynamo Kursk in the European League.

RotoWire Analysis

Through 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.
Moriah Jefferson    Las Vegas Aces    OUT    Knee
Jefferson underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday and a timeline for a return will be determined at a later date.

RotoWire Analysis

Jefferson played just 21 games while dealing with the injury, posting 9.1 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Lindsay Whalen    Minnesota Lynx
Whalen (hand) returned to practice Wednesday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.

RotoWire Analysis

As 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.
Alysha Clark    Seattle Storm
Clark will sit out Sunday's regular season finale against the Sky for rest.

RotoWire Analysis

Clark, 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.
Sue Bird    Seattle Storm
Bird will sit out Sunday's regular season finale against the Sky for rest.

RotoWire Analysis

With 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.
Natasha Cloud    Washington Mystics
Cloud (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's regular season finale against the Lynx.

RotoWire Analysis

Cloud 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.
Lindsay Whalen    Minnesota Lynx
Whalen (hand) is expected to be ready for the playoffs, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Whalen 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.
Moriah Jefferson    Las Vegas Aces    OUT    Knee
Jefferson (knee) will not be available to participate in Saturday's season finale against the Fever.

RotoWire Analysis

Jefferson 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.
Natasha Cloud    Washington Mystics
Cloud (hip) won't play during Friday's game against the Storm.

RotoWire Analysis

Cloud 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.
Moriah Jefferson    Las Vegas Aces    OUT    Knee
Jefferson (knee) will not play Friday against the Liberty.

RotoWire Analysis

Jefferson 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.
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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Brittany Boyd Achilles 5/1/2018
Shoni Schimmel Personal 5/1/2018
Eugeniya Belyakova Undisclosed 5/1/2018
Ann Wauters Not Injury Related 5/1/2018
Tiffany Mitchell Knee 5/1/2018
Shenise Johnson Knee 5/1/2018
Briann January Knee 5/1/2018
Chiney Ogwumike Achilles 5/1/2018
Astou Ndour Undisclosed 5/1/2018
Jamierra Faulkner Knee 5/1/2018
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return