Little was traded in January from Seattle with Shekinna Stricklen for Renee Montgomery and 2015 draft picks. Little, 30, joined the Storm in 2008 and was a starter on the 2010 championship team.
Editor’s note: Seattle Times staff reporter Jayda Evans will have a weekly conversation with a WNBA newsmaker. This week she speaks with Connecticut forward Camille Little, who was traded in January from Seattle with Shekinna Stricklen for Renee Montgomery and 2015 draft picks. Little, 30, joined the Storm in 2008 and was a starter on the 2010 championship team.
Question: Former Storm coach Brian Agler acquired you via trade in 2008, was your reaction different in this trade?
Answer: Before, the reaction was different because it was still new. Atlanta, it was their first year and a lot was going on. To get traded, it was only my second year in the league. To be here in Seattle for seven years and then not know I’m being traded until a couple hours before it’s announced … that was kind of different. I had mixed emotions, and obviously I was surprised and didn’t understand it. I was angry a little bit because there was no kind of talk about it. My agent didn’t even know.
Q: You were blindsided?
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A: I was comfortable here (Seattle). Usually (general managers) or CEOs talk with the agents and have a head’s up. Relationship-wise, my agent didn’t know (first-year Storm GM Alisha Valavanis). It’s not KB (Karen Bryant, Seattle’s former longtime executive). But immediately, I knew I couldn’t have any hard feelings. I know how it goes. I can’t control that, so you deal with it and get over it.
Q: Connecticut coach Anne Donovan mentioned wanting to sign you when you were a free agent in 2014. Instead you signed a multiyear deal to return to Seattle. Is it strange to now be there?
A: I was just happy somebody wanted me. It’s a blessing to know Anne was really recruiting and pushing for me to come to Connecticut. So it’s cool. I think me and her communicate really well. It would be different if I was cut or released and nobody wanted me.
Q: You were a popular player in Seattle. What was the reaction from fans?
A: I don’t want to get into that. There was a lot that was said, but I don’t want to go there. I try to respond to all of the tweets that I get, and I said thank you, for sure.
Q: Connecticut has a six-game win streak, which is surprising because of the roster changes and a knee injury to 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick Chiney Ogwumike. What has it been like working for the Sun?
A: They’re silly, they’re young and we have a good time. They work hard, and I can’t complain. I’m surprised how good we’re doing. (Seattle) only played Connecticut twice (a season), so I had a different impression. It’s still early and there are things I’m still trying to get used to, but I feel like I see something in this team where we can get to the playoffs. Hopefully I can help them get that.
Q: You’re suddenly one of the oldest, too?
A: The oldest. And they act like 30 is so old. Man, it’s crazy. All day I have to be more of a leader. It’s a different level than Seattle. Every single day, all day, I’m the voice. It’s something I’m not used to, but I’m helping them be pros the same way Swin (Cash) and Tina (Thompson) were for me.
|Jayda Evans’ WNBA power rankings|
|Last week’s ranking in parentheses|
|1. (1)||Tulsa||Shock ascends to West leader without 2014 second-leading scorer Odyssey Sims (knee).|
|2. (7)||Connecticut||Successful 3-0 road trip has Sun atop the Eastern Conference standings.|
|3. (2)||Minnesota||Sunday’s home loss to Tulsa just Lynx’s ninth defeat at Target Center since 2011.|
|4. (3)||Chicago||Allie Quigley, the 2014 Sixth Woman of the Year, returned from EuroBasket play.|
|5. (6)||Phoenix||Brittney Griner will return from suspension Saturday against Minnesota on ESPN2.|
|6. (4)||Washington||Makes ESPN2 debut Tuesday against winless Los Angeles at the Verizon Center.|
|7. (5)||New York||Former Storm guard Tanisha Wright ejected from Liberty’s win at Atlanta.|
|8. (8)||Atlanta||Signed Cierra Burdick and Sydney Carter to replace Tiffany Hayes and Aneika Henry (overseas).|
|9. (9)||Seattle||Storm has allowed a combined 53 points off turnovers in its past two home losses.|
|10. (12)||Indiana||Finish Line renewed marquee partnership with Fever; keeps name on team jerseys.|
|11. (10)||Los Angeles||Signed Courtney Clements on Monday; five players out due to injuries/absences.|
|12. (11)||San Antonio||Signed Kalana Greene on Monday; team (0-6) off to worst start in franchise history.|