Report: Elena Delle Donne seeking trade out of Chicago

Report: Elena Delle Donne seeking trade out of Chicago

Chicago's most recognizable female athlete may not be long for the Windy City.

A Chicago Tribune report unfolded Wednesday afternoon stating Elena Delle Donne is unhappy with the Chicago Sky and is asking to be traded.

Delle Donne cited an unhappiness with the Sky organization failing to hold onto players or coaches, turning it into a "revolving door.

Pokey Chatman — the former Sky coach and GM who was let go in October — declined to comment on the situation when reached by the Chicago Sun-Times this week.

The Sky made it to the WNBA Finals in 2015 — where they lost to the Phoenix Mercury — and earned a trip to the semifinals last season despite Delle Donne's inability to play in the postseason with a thumb injury.

Delle Donne was the Sky's first-round pick (second overall) in 2013 and has blossomed into one of the best players in the game, taking home the 2015 WNBA MVP award and the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics.

The 27-year-old has dealt with Lyme disease over the last few years and reportedly wants to move closer to her hometown in Delaware, giving credence to the rumor that the Sky and Washington Mystics may be able to agree on a trade.

The reported offer on the table includes Washington's first-round pick, All-Star center Stefanie Dolson and possibly last year's first-round pick Kahleah Copper.

Delle Donne is very close to her sister — designing a shoe geared around her communication style with Lizzie, who is blind — and a move back to the east coast would presumably be easier on their relationship.

Delle Donne — a noted Cubs fan who named her dog Wrigley — also just got engaged last year and is reportedly looking for a place to settle down with fiancee Amanda Clifton, a former Illinois State University basketball star.

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun


Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

ROSEMONT — Jonquel Jones scored 19 of her career-high 23 points in the second half and finished with 21 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 97-79 on Sunday night.

Jones, who set her previous career best of 20 rebounds on May 13, became the 12th player in WNBA history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Lynetta Kizer scored 16 with seven rebounds for Connecticut (1-4), which won its first game of the season.

Kizer’s jumper midway through the first quarter made it 14-13 and the Sun led the rest of the way. Jessica Breland hit two free throws to pull Chicago (1-5) within four with 4:37 left in the third, but Jones scored seven points during a 10-3 run over the next three-plus minutes and the Sky got no closer.

Tamera Young led Chicago with 17 points. She has at least one made 3-pointer in each of the last five games after going nearly five calendar years (June 23, 2011) since her last 3.

Elena Delle Donne returns to Chicago, helps Mystics take down Sky

Elena Delle Donne returns to Chicago, helps Mystics take down Sky

ROSEMONT — Elena Delle Donne scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in her return to Chicago, and the Washington Mystics beat the Sky 82-67 on Wednesday.

The 2015 MVP asked to be traded in the offseason after four seasons with the Sky. She opened the scoring with a turnaround jumper from the free-throw line and finished 7-for-15 from the floor.

"Definitely feels weird coming in here, being in the guest locker room, being on the other bench and all," Delle Donne said. "But my teammates, they've been great and even in the locker room they're like, 'How you feeling? You good, you good?' Just checking on me, and that made me relax."

Neither team led by more than six points in the first three quarters, but Washington broke it open early in the fourth quarter with a 14-6 spurt. Delle Donne had six points during the span, Ivory Latta and Natasha Cloud each hit a 3-pointer, and the Mystics' lead didn't drop below eight points the rest of the way.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, ranked sixth in the AP power poll. Reserve Tianna Hawkins scored 12 points and grabbed nine boards.

The Mystics shot only 40 percent but had 19 assists on 29 field goals.

"That's one of the best parts about our team is that we do move the ball well," Washington coach Mike Thibault said. "We're unselfish and we try to find the open man. If we had hit some 3s like we normally can, we might have had a few more."

Cappie Pondexter led the 10th-ranked Sky with 17 points and 10 assists. She also moved into seventh on the WNBA career assists list. Stefanie Dolson had 13 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and Allie Quigley also scored 13 — all in the first half. Starting point guard Courtney Vandersloot missed her fourth game.

Quigley scored eight of the Sky's first 15 points in her first game of the season since returning from Turkey, and the Sky trailed 43-41 at halftime after shooting just 33 percent.