HoopsHype WNBA rumors

August 5, 2014 Updates

Michael Scotto: Becky Hammon has been hired by the Spurs as an assistant coach. Hammon ranks 4th in assists, 6th in games and 7th in points in WNBA history. Twitter @MikeAScotto

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Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early-stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team. Cooper will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday. The 58-year-old coach is expected to miss about two weeks, with assistant coach Karleen Thompson filling in. Atlanta plays at Minnesota on Tuesday. "I'm fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection," Cooper said. "I know the team will be in good hands with Coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon." ESPN.com

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The Golden State Warriors on Friday confirmed their interest in operating a WNBA franchise, a day after the league announced that the Los Angeles Sparks ownership group has ceased operations of the team and laid off all front-office employees. The Bay Area's NBA franchise also confirmed that it has been in contact with the WNBA about the possibility of taking over the Sparks franchise. The Sparks are in limbo as the league seeks new ownership, and league president Laurel Richie confirmed Thursday night that the WNBA has made contact with groups who have previously expressed interest in running a franchise. ESPN.com

November 12, 2013 Updates

The Minneapolis City Council has approved an agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx to renovate the Target Center, one of the NBA's oldest venues. The $97 million renovation of the 23-year-old, city-owned Target Center includes a redesign of the outdated exterior, additional clubs and gathering spaces, as well as improved traffic flow. The Timberwolves and Lynx will pay $43 million toward the project. The city will contribute $48.5 million and building manager Anschutz Entertainment Group Facilities will pay $5.5 million. As part of the deal, the Timberwolves will extend their lease at Target Center through 2032. The design of the building will take place this winter, with construction expected to begin after the 2013-14 Timberwolves season. Boston Herald

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A financial website called "24/7 Wall Street" predicts the WNBA will disappear by next year — after David Stern steps down as NBA commissioner. The logic is Stern's strong support of the women's league (six of its 12 teams are bankrolled in part by the NBA counterpart in the same city; all receive logistical support) and his utter control as commissioner have combined to keep the WNBA afloat despite poor TV ratings and declining attendance. The question is whether his successor, Adam Silver, has either the passion or the power to keep the WNBA afloat if NBA owners balk at continued investment. An official of at least one non-NBA-supported team, the Chicago Sky, says that won't happen because Silver has shown he also cares deeply about the WNBA. Chicago Tribune

May 24, 2013 Updates

The WNBA is riding high these days, eagerly awaiting the debut of college megastar Brittney Griner in her first pro game Monday. Then it will fold in a handful of months. At least that's the thought process of financial website 24/7 Wall St, which is picking the WNBA as one of 10 U.S. entities to disappear by next year. It cites circumstantial evidence -- NBA Commissioner David Stern, long a protectorate of the WNBA, is retiring next February -- and also looks at some unfavorable trends. Los Angeles Times

March 28, 2013 Updates

The WNBA has signed a six-year extension with ESPN that is separate from the network's NBA deal. Sources said the deal is worth $12M per year, which amounts to about $1M per WNBA team, and runs through the '22 season. Sports Business Daily

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