Friday, February 20, 2009

Griffith Signs With Fever


The Indiana Fever announced Friday morning the signing of former Storm center Yolanda Griffith. An unrestricted free agent, Griffith negotiated with the Storm about a possible return before ultimately deciding the Indiana Fever was a better fit at this stage of her career.

"We are disappointed that Yolanda will not be returning to the Storm for a second season, but we respect her decision to join the Indiana Fever," Storm Head Coach Brian Agler said in a statement.

"We were fortunate to have Yolanda on our team this past season - her veteran leadership was invaluable. We can’t thank her enough for the contributions she made on the court and in the Seattle community, and we wish her the best of luck with her new team."

The Storm already bolstered its depth at center last week by bringing back Janell Burse, the team's starter at the position from 2005 through 2007 before deciding to sit last season out, and re-signing reserve post Ashley Robinson. With plenty of room under the salary cap, Agler and company will be able to sign another player as part of the frontcourt rotation while leaving space for unrestricted free agent Lauren Jackson.

Griffith signed with the Storm as an unrestricted free agent last April and started all 30 games she played during her lone season in Seattle, averaging 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kevin, I read somewhere that LJ will be playing for Phoenix this season. What a sad season for the Seattle Storm. No Swoopes. No LJ. And no Yo.

Anonymous said...

WTF is Agler doing?! We aren't going have a team that is viable in ANY way whatsoever. Lauren may as well not come back because if she did it wouldn't be to a team, it'd be to a mish-mash of players thrown together at the last minute. I am really starting to regret spending over $1300 on a courtside seat that I may not even enjoy.

Kevin Pelton said...

RebKell is terrific, but I wouldn't believe everything you read there. If Lauren has made her decision on where to sign, she hasn't shared it with anyone in Seattle, including Coach Agler.

Anonymous said...

Kevin, but this one seems true. This is the same source that Yo will be heading in the East. The same source that said about Betty being waived by Atlanta. It looks like LJ already made a decision. Sorry, I'm really freaking out.

Kevin Pelton said...

The difference is those were transactions that were completed, but not yet announced. They were known by people in the league. This is a different situation.

StormFanNo1 said...

Kevin,
I sincerely hope that you are right...