WNBA contracts became guaranteed on Thursday, prompting Storm coach and general manager Brian Agler to make a last-minute roster move. He cut veteran center Nakia Sanford and will play a nine-player rotation Saturday when Seattle (6-9) hosts Los Angeles (11-5).
Agler said the move allows more roster flexibility; the team can sign a player beginning Sunday. Sanford is in the mix, eligible to sign a seven-day contract.
“There’s a lot of ways to look at this,” Agler said. “(Rebounding and scoring) are areas we could use right now. At the same time, we also want to find a player that really fits our personality — which Nakia does. Just because we made this move doesn’t mean she’s finished playing for the Storm.”
Sanford, a 6-foot-4 forward, averaged 10.2 minutes and was a solid rebounder. But she was a liability offensively, shooting 29.6 percent from the field.
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Agler said he would evaluate recently waived guards Samantha Prahalis (Phoenix) and Sydney Carter (Connecticut) and forward Avery Warley (New York).
Eric Yardley of Richland, the closer for the Seattle University baseball team the past two seasons, signed a contract with the San Diego Padres.
Britt Harris, who completed her eligibility at Western Washington last March, signed a professional contract to play for Aabyhoj in Denmark.
Harris, a graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, leaves Aug. 10 and will not return until May.
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