New York Liberty Head Coach and General Manager Bill Laimbeer announced on Wednesday, that the team has completed a trade with the Washington Mystics. The Liberty now hold the seventh overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, in exchange though the franchise gave up Kia Vaughn and the 2013 second round pick (No. 17 overall).
“We thank Kia for her contributions to the Liberty, both on and off the court. She expressed a desire to continue her playing career elsewhere and we honored her request and wish her well,” said Laimbeer. “We have the opportunity to select a fine player with the seventh pick and this move also gives us salary cap flexibility moving forward to continue building a team to compete for the championship.”
Vaughn played four seasons in New York, joining the team in 2009 as the eighth overall selection in the WNBA Draft. She appeared in 31 games, (17 starts) in 2012 averaging 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds-per-game.
Kia has played in 129 career games with averages of 5.9 points and 4.0 rebounds. Vaughn has also played in 10 playoff games, helping the Liberty reach the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2010. In postseason play she is averaging 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
The 2013 WNBA Draft will be held on Monday, April 15 with it being televised on the ESPN 2 network. The first round is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. and then ESNP U will broadcast the second and third rounds beginning at 9 p.m.
With the loss of Vaughn, fans can expect for Kara Braxton to get the bulk of the load for the Liberty in the 2013 season. There is speculation that Laimbeer may try to move up in the 2013 Draft to sign one of the ‘Big Three’ names.
Fans should stay tuned as Laimbeer will have a ton of moves in store prior to the start of the WNBA season.