Indiana Fever waive Kysre Gondrezick, making her second top-4 pick cut in two years

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The Indiana Fever announced Tuesday they waived Kysre Gondrezick, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 WNBA draft.

This marks the second consecutive season in which the team's top draft pick has had a short tenure with the team. Lauren Cox, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft, averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 25 games over two seasons before being waived.

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Gondrezick managed just 1.9 points through 19 games before stepping away for personal reasons. She elaborated on her absence in a tweet on Nov. 22.

"My mental health was at high risk as I was under a lot of stress coping with my own personal silence of traumas," she said.

After the death of her father, Gondrezick lost sight of "the fun in the game." Grant Gondrezick was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 1986. He had a two-year NBA career and played briefly overseas. He died suddenly on Jan. 7 at the age of 57.

"I am better as a person and am absolutely comfortable in my own skin," she said. "I realize now that prioritizing my mental health was the most important lesson of all to move past unlearned lessons that caused continued pain and trauma."

Indiana has the No. 2 pick in this year's draft. The franchise is a league-worst 40-116 since Tamika Catchings retired in 2016.

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This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indiana Fever waive Kyrese Gondrezick, No. 4 pick in 2021 WNBA Draft