NY Liberty beef up team with pair of roster moves

Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu reacts after making a 3-point basket.
Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu reacts after making a 3-point basket.
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The New York Liberty beefed up their roster with a pair of moves this week as they look to rebound from their lackluster season start. 

Sitting at 4–8 in the WNBA standings, putting them outside the playoff picture with 24 contests remaining. 

Now, the team has re-signed guard Crystal Dangerfield, who has found herself a solid spot as a role player for the team from Barclays Center. Through 7 games that she’s appeared in with the Liberty, the 24-year-old point guard from UConn has averaged 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. 

The team was allowed to re-sign Dangerfield to her second hardship exemption, as they have multiple players signed with injury — allowing them to bring in replacement ballers under the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Dangerfield will be active for the team’s Friday night matchup against the last-place Fever in Indiana. 

In addition to bringing back the backup point guard, the Liberty have also secured draft selection Raquel Carrera, a 6’3” Spanish forward from the Dream, while sending New York guard AD Durr to Atlanta. 

Carrera has most recently played for Valencia Basket Club in Spain. 

As part of that deal, the Liberty assumed the contract of Megan Walker, who the front office in New York quickly waived upon completion of the trade. 

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That trade comes after Durr has dealt with significant injuries over a 3-year WNBA career, which saw the entire 2021 season missed with complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“AD is truly one of the best people I have had the honor to know,” said Liberty General Manager Jonathan Kolb in a statement. “Seeing them grow and come into their own over the years has been so heartening. Their perseverance is second to none, and I wish them nothing but the absolute best as they enter the next chapter of their WNBA career.”

In total, Durr has played 28 NBA games, while averaging 6.8 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds per contest. Durr now heads to the 7–5 team from Atlanta, which sits in the middle of the playoff pack. 

The Liberty’s next game comes on June 10 against the Indiana Fever.