Aces waive Mya Hollingshed and Khayla Pointer

The day the Aces showed up to the media in Las Vegas, they proved how hard it is to be part of their club.

The WNBA team made three cuts on Monday, giving up 2022 draft picks Mya Hollingshed and Khayla Pointer, as well as undrafted rookie free agent Nancy Mulkey ahead of the team’s final week of preparation for the WNBA season.

“It’s a very competitive list to make,” Aces president Nikki Fargas said.

Hollingshed, a 6-foot-3 forward from Colorado, was the No. 8 overall pick in this summer’s draft. Pointer, a guard who played at LSU, was selected No. 13 overall early in the second round. Hollingshed, Pointer and Mulkey all played in Las Vegas’ preseason exhibition game against the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

Las Vegas acquired the two picks used to select Hollingshed and Pointer a day before the draft in a trade that sent the Aces’ 2023 first- and second-round picks to the Lynx. Currently, Las Vegas only has one third-round pick next year.

“We believe we made all the right decisions,” said general manager Natalie Williams.

The decision to choose Hollingshed in the first place was unexpected. Few fictional drafts got the Colorado forward going in the first round, but the Aces were intrigued by her shooting ability and athleticism. After a practice on April 12, Hollingshed said she was surprised when Las Vegas picked her since her interview with the Aces was the shortest she had during the draft process.

Fargas said the team wants more experience as it prepares to pursue a championship. The desire for veterans was part of the decision to waive Pointer and keep Sydney Colson, entering his eighth WNBA season, as the team’s backup point guard.

Both Williams and Fargas defended the decision to trade for Hollingshed and Pointer. Williams said there’s a chance the team wouldn’t have landed Kierstan Bell, the No. 11 pick who’s currently on the roster, had they not traded for the No. 8. Fargas thinks that Hollingshed and Pointer have the potential to make another WNBA roster.

“We are confident in our ability to identify talent,” Fargas said.

Two rookies are currently on the roster. Bell, the former Florida Gulf Coast wing, and second-round pick Aisha Sheppard, a Virginia Tech shooting guard, look set to be with the team when they travel to Phoenix for the opener. of the season on Friday.

“Nothing is promised,” Sheppard said. “I just take each day like it’s a trial until I hear different.”

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