The Atlanta Dream parted ways with Samantha Prahalis, Cassie Harberts and Jhasmin Player on Monday bringing their roster down to 13 players in advance of Friday's season opener. The max roster limit for the WNBA is 12 so there is at least one additional roster move left to be made by the team.
Its been a quick fall for Prahalis who was a member of the WNBA's All-Rookie team in 2012. She was released by the Mercury during her second season and then later by the Liberty as well. She played 13 minutes in Sunday's preseason win over New York and finished with six points and three steals while going 2-3 from the floor.
Harberts was the team's second-round draft pick in 2014 out of USC. Dream Head Coach Michael Cooper talked about Harberts last week and didn't sound extremely confident that she would make the roster due to Atlanta's depth in the frontcourt.
Cassie is very basketball smart, a high basketball IQ. Provided she makes this team with the bigs we have - Sancho, Aneika, Nadia, Erika - she's that one in between. She knows the game, she's a good passer. She'll get down there and bang hard, and she's good in the locker room for us. It remains to be seen whether or not she'll make the team, but her chances might be pretty good depending on how things go.
With the frontcourt healthy heading into the season there was just little room for Harberts at this point.
Player was another camp invite out of Baylor. She played eight minutes off the bench in Sunday's exhibition game and finished with two points and one assist.
Here is a look at the Dream's current roster:
|Nadia Gomes Colhado||C|
|Erika de Souza||C|
Several players have missed the start of training camp due to commitments overseas. Atlanta may begin the season without Celine Dumerc whom they signed during the offseason to help bolster their point guard position. Dumerc is currently playing in France where her team has advanced to the league finals and those aren't set to begin until May 18.
Without Dumerc, Atlanta will be a bit short on experience at point guard behind starter Jasmine Thomas. First-round pick Shoni Schimmel has seen action at the point during training camp and that will most likely carry over into the regular season at least until Dumerc arrives.