By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
While many have been sleeping — or could be sleeping — there was a three-team deal in the WNBA. The team involved are the Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream, and the Minnesota Lynx.
Erika De Souza was sent to the Sky from the Dream, while Sylvia Fowles and the Sky’s second round pick in the 2016 WNBA draft were sent to the Lynx. Damiris Dantas, Reshanda Gray, and the Lynx’s first round pick were sent to Atlanta.
“Erika brings veteran leadership, a versatile skill-set and defensive intensity will complement our existing core,” said. Pokey Chatman, Sky’s Head Coach and GM. “Her presence in the paint will be extremely valuable as we enter the second half of the season.”
De Souza will be going to her fourth team in her 10-year career. She played in all 17 games with the Dream in the first half of the season, where she averaged 8.6 points and 7.5 rebounds.
The 6-foot-5 center has previously played for the Los Angeles Sparks, Connecticut Sun, and the Dream. She was Atlanta’s all-time leading rebounder, double-doubles, and games played.
Fowles will move on, as she was the Sky’s all-time leading scorer, rebounder, seasons, games, and minutes played. She was Chicago’s second overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft.
“Sylvia was one of the founding blocks of our organization,” Chatman added. “Speaking on behalf of not just myself and the staff, but also the fans, I am thankful for the hard work and passion she played with in a Chicago Sky uniform and wish her continued success in her career.”
Gray is a rookie after being selected 16th overall by the Lynx. She’s expected to get more time in Atlanta now following this trade after getting just 3.7 minutes per game in Minnesota.
Dantas is in her second season and appeared in 46 games, including 27 starts, where she average 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. She was also a first round pick by the Lynx in the 2012 WNBA Draft, and represented her country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
“Damiris Dantas is an emerging young player, who has earned a place in this league,” Dream head coach Michael Cooper. “She adds another skill player to our front line and can also step out and hit the jumper. She brings youth to our roster, which is what we need.”