Lynx trade for former Gopher McCarville, deal Wiggins

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MINNEAPOLIS - Janel McCarville now knows what her pal Lindsay Whalen found out three years ago.

You actually "can" come back home.

On Friday, the Lynx announced that the team acquired McCarville, the center on the University of Minnesota's 2004 Final Four team, in a three-team deal that sends guard Candice Wiggins to the Tulsa Shock.

The Lynx also get a 2014 second-round draft pick from the Shock as part of the deal. Tulsa receives forward Nicole Powell from the New York Liberty and New York's 2013 third-round pick, while the Liberty receives the rights to guard Deanna Nolan and Tulsa's 2013 third-round pick.

"We are very excited to announce the acquisition of Janel McCarville," said Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith in a written statement. "McCarville is a veteran center with multiple years of playoff experience, making her an ideal fit for our roster. A former number one overall draft pick, she will fit in seamlessly with our roster and make an immediate impact this summer."

Originally drafted first overall by the Charlotte Sting in 2005, McCarville emerged with the Liberty in 2007, being named the 2007 WNBA Most Improved Player after averaging 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. She continued to thrive over the next three seasons with the Liberty, averaging 11.2 points on 51.1 percent shooting, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in her four years with New York.

"I'm very excited to come back to Minnesota and join the Lynx," said McCarville. "I can't wait to team up with Lindsay again; it's always fun playing alongside a point guard as talented as she is. When you add Seimone, Maya, Rebekkah and the rest of the team, it's going to be a lot of fun this summer. I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can to help bring another championship to Minnesota."

A native of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, McCarville teamed up with Lindsay Whalen for three seasons (2002-04) at the University of Minnesota. In her four-year collegiate career, McCarville and the Gophers never missed the NCAA Tournament, including reaching the program's first ever Final Four appearance in 2004.

Outgoing guard Candice Wiggins spent five seasons with the Lynx, averaging 10.4 points and 2.2 assists per game, shooting 36.4 percent from three-point range. As a rookie she was named the 2008 Sixth Woman of the Year, averaging 15.7 points in 27.5 minutes per game off the bench.

The 2012 Western Conference Champion Lynx kick off their new season June 1 at the Target Center, taking on the Connecticut Sun.

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