The Minnesota Lynx have already made a splash in the off-season and free agency hasn’t even started yet!
The Lynx organization announced that they have signed Head Coach Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension. They also announced Wednesday that Reeve will be taking over General Manager duties, effective immediately.
A well deserved promotion, Reeve will be wearing two hats for the second time in her career. This leads to some speculation that double the work load makes for a more difficult season. But Reeve has done nothing but thrive with the Lynx organization. Signed in 2008, Reeve has lead the Lynx to a 195-77 record, the most in franchise history. With four championships under her belt, one could also speculate Reeve will only continue to flourish in her new role.
So what else do the Lynx do this offseason? One thing is for sure, free agent forward Rebekkah Brunson needs to be re-signed. Most people think that re-signing her is a no brainer. I agree with them. Another area the defending champions need to worry about is their bench. Since losing Plenette Pierson to retirement, a backup power forward is greatly needed. Also, questions remain to the signing of free agent guard Renee Montgomery.
What will the Lynx do this offseason? Well they have already made a splash, but there is undoubtedly more to come. They need a backup to Brunson (assuming she is resigned) and a back up to Lindsay Whalen, considering Montgomery is a free agent this year. They could also use a true sharp shooter off the bench. Now, second year guard Alexis Jones out of Baylor has potential to be both a back up point guard, as well as the needed sharp shooter. This just depends on how Reeve decides to use her.
One thing is for sure, the Lynx aren’t done this offseason. We could see trades or even some big free agent signings. But one thing will never change. The Lynx Dynasty will continue to dominate. And now Reeve has her hands on all of it.