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Taylor's midseason return boosts Mercury

Updated: July 24, 2006, 5:56 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

The Phoenix Mercury are receiving plenty of attention for hiring Paul Westhead and drafting Cappie Pondexter, but the act of simply waiting for Penny Taylor might prove to be just as important.

Last season's trade that sent Katie Smith to Detroit notwithstanding, deadline deals are rare commodities given the financial realities of the WNBA salary cap. As a result, late-season surges are all the more difficult to mount because teams are rarely able to address weaknesses or deficiencies. ...

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