Quinn returns for a second full season, while backup forward Ramu Tokashiki will forgo the 2018 season.
The Storm re-signed free agent Noelle Quinn in a move that likely indicates how the team will handle the depth at point guard.
Last year Quinn, a 6-foot guard, averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 assists in 15.7 minutes while sharing the backup duties with rookie Alexis Peterson behind 37-year-old perennial All-Star Sue Bird.
It was a familiar role for Quinn who served as Bird’s understudy in 2013 and ’14. She spent the 2015 season with Phoenix and was traded to Seattle midway through the 2016 season.
The former No. 4 overall pick out of UCLA has played for five teams during an 11-year career, including Minnesota (2007-08), Los Angeles (2009-11) and Washington (2012).
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For the past two years, Quinn has spent the WNBA offseason coaching the girls basketball team at her alma mater Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance, Calif.
– The Storm announced forward Ramu Tokashiki will forgo the 2018 WNBA season due to her Japan national team commitments. She’s training to play in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018, which is Sept. 22-30. Tokashiki, who has averaged 5.5 points and 2.4 rebounds, during her three-year tenure with Seattle plans to return to the team in 2019.
– Backup center Carolyn Swords, who played 2017 in Seattle, signed a free-agent contract with Las Vegas. Swords struggled with the Storm while averaging 2.6 points, a career-low 1.5 rebounds and 8.7 minutes. The six-year veteran rejoins Bill Laimbeer, her coach in 2016 and ’15 in New York when she averaged career-highs in points and rebounds.
– Seattle signed Aleksandra Crvendakic, a 6-2 Serbian-Hungarian forward, to a training-camp contract.