Minnesota Lynx Trade Helen Darling in a Sign-and-Trade Deal to Charlotte
Minnesota Receives 17th Overall Selection in 2005 WNBA Draft

Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has traded point guard Helen Darling in a sign-and-trade deal with the Charlotte Sting. The Lynx traded Darling and the 24th overall pick (second round) in this year’s draft to the Sting for the 17th overall selection (second round) in the 2005 WNBA Draft. Darling entered the offseason as a restricted free agent.

Darling, who spent one season with the Lynx, finished the 2004 WNBA campaign with averages of 4.2 points (33.1 FG%), 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 21.4 minutes in 33 regular-season games (22 starts). She led the Lynx in assists with 115 (13th in the WNBA), the second-highest single-season total in franchise history. The four-year WNBA veteran dished out a career-high 10 assists vs. Seattle on Sept. 10, and established a career best with five steals vs. San Antonio on July 28. Minnesota selected Darling seventh overall in the 2004 WNBA Dispersal Draft.

“This was a tough decision,” said Lynx head coach Suzie McConnell Serio. “Helen played a big role in our success last season, and our run to the playoffs. She is a great person as well as a great teammate. We wish her the best of luck in the future.”

“At this time, we expect that Kristi Harrower will be in a Lynx uniform in 2005 after missing last year due to the Olympics,” said Roger Griffith, Lynx Chief Operating Officer. “With Kristi, Helen, Amber Jacobs and Nuria Martinez we had an excess at the point guard position and decided this was in the team’s best interest.”