Lynx make deal to try to land Lindsay Whalen

The Minnesota Lynx, anxious to land Gopher women's basketball standout Lindsay Whalen, dealt Janell Burse, a 6-5 post player and small forward Sheri Sam to Seattle in exchange for the Storm's sixth overall draft pick and forward Amanda Lassiter. The trade gives the Lynx the sixth and seventh (their own pick) overall draft pick in Saturday's WNBA Draft. The Lynx could package the two picks to move up in the draft if they are convinced that Whalen would not be available for their selection.

Lindsay Whalen left Minnesota as its all-time leading scorer, male or female, with 2,285 career points and as a three-time All-American. She helped lead the Gophers to their first-ever Final Four appearance.

Whalen was a WBCA/Kodak All-American and Associated Press Second-Team All-American. She finished second in Big Ten and 11th nationally. Whalen also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists (third in Big Ten) per game.

Whalen returned to the starting lineup in the NCAA game versus UCLA and scored 31 points and dished out a season-high nine assists after missing over five weeks and seven games with a broken hand. She earned her ninth Big Ten Player of the Week honor this year.

The Hutchinson native is expected to be a major attendance draw for the Lynx, who are expected to do whatever is necessary to land the talented guard.

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