Sylvia Fowles spent the first seven years of her WNBA career with the Chicago Sky, but Fowles wanted a change of scenery, so she decided to sit out this season until the Sky traded her. The Minnesota Lynx were rumored to be her desired destination, and it turns out that was right, as Chicago traded Fowles to Minnesota in a three-team deal on Monday.
The Atlanta Dream were the third team in the trade. The Sky’s 2016 second-round draft pick is also going to the Lynx, who have sent Damiris Dantas, Reshanda Gray and a 2016 first-round pick to Atlanta. Erika de Souza is going from the Dream to Chicago.
The Sky drafted Fowles No. 2 overall in the 2008 draft, and she’s averaged 15.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in her career. She’s a three-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Fowles joins a stacked Lynx team that also features Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen. Minnesota is 12-4 on the year, which is the best record in the WNBA.
Chicago is 11-6 behind star Elena Delle Donne, and de Souza will be a solid addition to the frontcourt. She’s averaging 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds on the year.