Lynx swap Howard for second-round pick

Forward Natasha Howard is headed for Seattle, as the Minnesota Lynx completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Storm on Wednesday afternoon.

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Minnesota is exchanging Howard, a restricted free agent, for a 2018 second-round pick (17th overall). The two franchises will also swap first-round picks in the 2019 draft.

“We appreciate Natasha’s valuable contributions to our team over the last two seasons and wish her well in her new journey with the Seattle Storm,” said Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve in a statement.

Howard played two seasons in Minnesota after the Lynx acquired her Feb. 2, 2016. She averaged 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 68 regular-season games with the Lynx.