MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has cleared guard Aerial Powers and in a subsequent move, released forward Nikolina Milić from her hardship exception.
Powers, 5-11, missed Minnesota’s last contest against Atlanta on August 7 due to soreness in her left knee. The 6-year player has played in 32 games (30 starts) for the Lynx and holds averages of 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 27.1 minutes per game this season.
Milić, a 6-3 rookie, was originally signed by Minnesota on May 6 to a hardship exception contract, then released on June 23 and signed to a seven-day contract on June 26. Milić was re-signed to a second seven-day contract on July 3 and a third seven-day contract on July 11. On July 18, Milić was signed to a rest of season contract.
The 28-year-old has appeared in 31 contests (four starts) where she averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 11.7 minutes per game. In arguably her best game of the season on June 12, Milić registered 23 points, on 11-of-19 shooting, six rebounds and three assists in 30:24 minutes off the bench against the Indiana Fever.
The Lynx visit the Phoenix Mercury tonight, Wednesday, August 10. Tipoff is at 9:00 p.m. CT and will broadcast locally on Bally Sports North Extra and nationally on CBS Sports Network.