The Washington Mystics were part of a three-team deal today involving the Seattle Storm and New York Liberty. New York will be getting Kia Vaughn and Bria Hartley, Seattle gets Carolyn Swords from the Liberty, and the Mystics get the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft from the Storm. In addition to landing Seattle’s first round pick, the Mystics and Storm swapped second round picks (15 and 18).
“Fortunately for her, she is going to a team where she will be a perfect fit. We wish her well and thank her for all she has done here in Washington ” said Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault. Vaughn could be an ideal fit next to Tina Charles, she’ll be returning to the team that drafted her in 2009. She still has plenty left in the tank and should get an opportunity to show it.
Hartley gives New York another young guard, she’ll also get an opportunity to become the player she can be. Washington is very guard heavy and her injuries played a role in her not being able to fight for minutes. Thibault also shared his thoughts on Bria, “Our guard situation is becoming crowded and this trade will give her a chance to prove herself as a productive player.”
It’s always hard to see players go, but Washington has been linked in several rumors of trying to land Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen, but it’s fair to wonder why the Mystics would secure a second Top-10 pick in this year’s draft. It’s highly unlikely that two rookies can crack the rotation on this team. Free agency starts soon for the league, it’ll be interesting to see if Washington chooses to add to the roster after losing both Hartley and Vaughn.
Gene Wang of the Washington Post seems to think that this trade does in fact have to do with Washington possibly acquiring Delle Donne.
First official piece of EDD puzzle. https://t.co/Cd9TC2o4om
— Gene Wang (@gene_wang) January 30, 2017
It’s too early to tell what this means in regards to EDD, but Washington now has two Top-10 picks in this year’s draft after this trade. With Free Agency starting this week, it’s probably a good idea to keep your eye on the Mystics.