– The Washington Mystics have acquired the Seattle Storm’s first round pick (6
overall) in the 2017 WNBA Draft in a three-team trade that included the New York Liberty. Guard Bria Hartley and center Kia Vaughn were traded to the Liberty while New York traded center Carolyn Swords to the Storm.
"Kia Vaughn has meant a lot to the rebirth of the Mystics organization the past four years,” said Mystics head coach Mike Thibault. “Getting Kia was one of our first priorities when I came to Washington. She helped set the proper tone for how our players should conduct themselves as good pros. Her contributions to this team have been tremendous both on and off the court. However, as we try to move forward, there are always moves that need to be made in order to prepare for the next steps in our development. 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."
Thibault added, "Bria Hartley will have a new opportunity to establish herself in New York. Our guard situation is becoming crowded and this trade will give her a chance to prove herself as a productive player."
Washington also exchanged this year’s second round pick (15
overall) for Seattle’s second round selection (18
Vaughn joined the Washington Mystics following a trade with the New York Liberty in 2013. In four seasons with Washington, she averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Vaughn helped Washington return to the playoffs, where she averaged 6.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game. She was selected by the New York Liberty in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft.
Hartley was acquired by the Mystics in a draft-day trade in 2014. Her career averages include 7.1 points per game and 2.4 assists per game. During Washington’s playoffs appearances in 2013 and 2014, Hartley recorded 2.3 points per game and 3.3 assists per game.
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