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Elena Delle Donne gets her wish, traded from Sky to Mystics

Elena Delle Donne gets her wish, traded from Sky to Mystics

Chicago's most recognizable female athlete got her way and is leaving Chicago.

According to a Monday-night report from the New York Times — which included confirmation from Sky owner Michael Alter — the Sky traded former WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne to the Washington Mystics.

The move comes not long after reports that Delle Donne was unhappy with the Sky's direction and wanted to be traded away from the team. She went as far to call the franchise a "revolving door" with the team not hanging on to players and coaches. Rumors brought up the Mystics as a possible destination given the team's proximity to Delle Donne's home state of Delaware.

Delle Donne spent the first four years of her career in Chicago. After winning the MVP award in 2015, Delle Donne was again terrific last season, ranking second in the league in scoring with 21.5 points a game.

The Sky did get a promising package in return for Delle Donne, who was one of the biggest names on the U.S. women's basketball team that won gold at the Rio Olympics last summer. Coming back to Chicago are All-Star center Stefanie Dolson, the seventh-overall pick from last year's draft Kahleah Cooper and the second-overall pick in this year's draft.

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.

Elena Delle Donne's icy new kicks pay homage to blind sister

Elena Delle Donne's icy new kicks pay homage to blind sister

Elena Delle Donne's new shoe line isn't just about looks; it's about feel.

Delle Donne's Nike Hyperdunk 2016 PE look awesome, but they also feature a tongue with raised textures and stitching as a tribute to her sister, Lizzie, who was born blind and has special needs:

And here's a picture of the tongue, which features the "I Love You" symbol in sign language:

"The biggest thing that I love is some of the details are raised because my sister is blind, so all of our communication is through touch," Delle Donne told Sports Illustrated in an interview. "So a part of the shoe is about her. There is my tattoo of her name, there is an 'I Love You' symbol.

"Even her perseverance, I have been able to watch her and learn that from her, but unfortunately I was thinking there is no way she will be able to see this shoe. And the awesome shoe gurus came up with this idea with materials like braille so she could feel it."

Delle Donne also has "Path Less Traveled" etched into the shoe, a constant reminder of what has become her mantra throughout her life:

"My entire journey is within this shoe and it is pretty amazing to me," Delle Donne told SI.

Check out the rest of the interview at SI and shop at the Nike store online.