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WNBA: Dream begins creation of team
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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.

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