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Dream acquire 13 players, make three trades to build roster

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Dream selected veteran guard Betty
Lennox from the Seattle Storm among their 13 players in the WNBA
expansion draft on Wednesday.

The Dream, the league's 14th team, also acquired guard Iziane
Castro Marques from Seattle and point guard Ivory Latta from the
Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock in trades after the
expansion draft.

"We have been very selective with our list and were able to
obtain some great size, athleticism, character and depth," Atlanta
coach and general manager Marynell Meadors said in a release.

"Each player understands the opportunity to get our Atlanta
Dream franchise started in a positive direction and we are all
looking forward to our inaugural season."

Lennox, an unrestricted free agent, has averaged 12.2 points,
4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in her eight-year career. The Dream
can designate her as a core player and sign her to a one-year
contract at the league's maximum salary of $95,000.

Each of the existing 13 teams were able to protect up to six
players, and the Dream were allowed to select one unprotected
player from each team.

Others picked in the expansion draft include: Carla Thomas
(Chicago Sky), Erika de Souza (Connecticut Sun), Katie Feenstra
(Detroit), Roneeka Hodges (Houston Comets), Ann Strother (Indiana
Fever), LaToya Thomas (Los Angeles Sparks), Kristen Mann (Minnesota
Lynx), Ann Wauters (New York Liberty), Jennifer Lacy (Phoenix
Mercury), Kristin Haynie (Sacramento Monarchs), Chantelle Anderson
(San Antonio Silver Stars) and Yelena Leuchanka (Washington
Mystics).

Hodges was then dealt to Seattle with the No. 4 overall pick in
the 2008 WNBA draft for Castro Marques and the eighth pick, and
LaToya Thomas was sent to Detroit along with the 18th pick for
Latta. The Dream also acquired the 24th pick from Indiana in
exchange for agreeing not to select specific unprotected Fever
players.

Castro Marques, a five-year veteran, is coming off a season in
which she averaged career highs of 12.3 points and 2.8 assists
while starting all 34 games for the Storm.

Wauters was an All-Star with the Liberty in 2005 while averaging
career highs of 13.7 points and 6.6 rebounds, but has not played in
the WNBA the past two seasons.

The Dream open the regular season at Connecticut on May 17 and
host Detroit in their home opener on May 23.