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.

Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft


Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

The first year of the post-Elena Delle Donne era for the Chicago Sky did not go well.

The Sky limped to a 12-22 record without the former WNBA MVP and scoring champ. As the Bulls are about to experience, the upside of a losing season is a high draft pick the next year.

The Sky had the third and fourth picks in the draft, which took place on Thursday, and snagged a pair of players from powerhouse programs in women's college basketball.

At No. 3 the Sky picked up Diamond DeShields from Tennessee. She led the Lady Vols in scoring in the 2016-17 season, but that was her junior year. She elected to sign overseas with Cukurova in Turkey instead of playing out her final year of eligibility. The New York Times profiled her just ahead of the WNBA draft.

Oh, and she's also the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields and her brother, Delino DeShields Jr., is currently an outfielder for the Texas Rangers.

At No. 4, the Sky picked up UConn forward Gabby Williams. Williams started every game in each of the last two seasons for the Huskies, which went undefeated in the regular season and made the Final Four both of those seasons.

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.