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

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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

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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.