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Former Gopher Janel McCarville closing in on a return to Lynx

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After winning the WNBA Championship, three titles in the last five seasons and returning virtually the entire core from last year's squad could the Minnesota Lynx finally repeat?

To help in that quest a key former member of the Lynx could be returning to Minnesota.

The Star Tribune cites a person with knowledge of the negotiations reporting that Janel McCarville has agreed in principle to return to the Lynx and backup Sylvia Fowles as the team's center.

While there's no official deal yet, the newspaper notes that McCarville's return to the squad will depend on how she feels physically in the coming weeks.

McCarville just finished playing for a team in Turkey. She took last season off – the Lynx's third WNBA championship in the last five seasons – because of a health issue.

But when she was in Minnesota she was effective, averaging 7.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Lynx in 2014.

Her return would provide the Lynx with some veteran depth at center behind Fowles. It would reunite McCarville with Lindsay Whalen in Minnesota. They helped to lead the Gopher women's basketball team to the NCAA Final Four in the spring of 2004.

The addition would help the Lynx accomplish the one thing they haven't been able to do over the past five years – repeat as the WNBA Champion.

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