Lynx waive 2020 Rookie of the Year Dangerfield, 2021 pick Davis

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The Minnesota Lynx parted with several major contributors from last season's third-ranked squad Tuesday.

Minnesota waived six players, including 2020 Rookie of the Year Crystal Dangerfield, 2021 ninth overall pick Rennia Davis, and former All-Star Layshia Clarendon.

Veteran guard Yvonne Turner was also cut, along with a pair of 2022 draftees in 22nd overall pick Kayla Jones and 28th overall selection Hannah Sjerven.

In a corresponding move, the Lynx signed guard Odyssey Sims to a training camp contract. Sims was an All-Star in 2019, her first of two seasons in Minneapolis. She averaged 8.7 points, 3.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in just over 25 minutes per game with the Atlanta Dream last year.

Dangerfield had a strong debut during the pandemic-shortened 22-game bubble season in 2020. However, her playing time fell from 30 minutes a night to 20.1 in Year 2 and her efficiency dipped, resulting in a drop in the former UConn standout's scoring average from 16.2 a night in 2020 to 7.7 in 2021.

The Lynx drafted Davis ninth overall in 2021, but the former Tennessee star never suited up after suffering a stress fracture in her left foot during the preseason.

Clarendon started 20 of 21 appearances for Minnesota last year. She averaged 10.4 points per game on 51.7% shooting, and their 5.7 assists per contest ranked first on the team.

The Lynx finished 2021 with a 22-10 record. They fell to the eventual champion Chicago Sky in a second-round single-elimination game.

Lynx waive 2020 Rookie of the Year Dangerfield, 2021 pick Davis
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