Lynx waive former Gophers star Rachel Banham

On the day WNBA contracts become guaranteed for the remainder of the season, the Lynx were forced to make a tough decision, and the team waived Rachel Banham. That could clear the way for Minnesota to sign starting point guard Layshia Clarendon, initially signed via a hardship waiver earlier this season, to a rest-of-year deal. […]

Lynx waive former Gophers star Rachel Banham

On the day WNBA contracts become guaranteed for the remainder of the season, the Lynx were forced to make a tough decision, and the team waived Rachel Banham.

That could clear the way for Minnesota to sign starting point guard Layshia Clarendon, initially signed via a hardship waiver earlier this season, to a rest-of-year deal.

The Lynx could re-sign Banham should she clear waivers.

Banham, a Lakeville North and Gophers product, played a significant role for Minnesota off the bench this season. In a span of six games stretching from June 6-19, she averaged 8.7 points per game, hitting multiple 3-pointers in each game while shooting 73 percent from deep.

But the 27-year-old’s role had shrunk over the past two games, playing a total of seven minutes.

Clarendon, meanwhile, has emerged as a leader for the Lynx. The floor general is averaging 8.8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds in the 10 games she has played this season.

BRIEFLY

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles was named the WNBA’s Western Conference player of the week on Monday. She averaged 28 points, 16.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and three steals in the Lynx’s two victories last week.