The New York Liberty announced today that the team has acquired guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, the 12th Overall Pick in the 2020 Draft, and 2021 First, Second and Third Round Picks from the Washington Mystics in exchange for center Tina Charles.
In addition, the Liberty acquired guard Tayler Hill along with the No. 9 and 15 picks in the 2020 WNBA Draft from the Dallas Wings in exchange for the Mystics’ 2021 First Round Pick (acquired in Charles deal) and New York’s own 2021 Second Round Pick.
“Tina Charles is a name that will forever be synonymous with New York basketball,” said Liberty General Manager Jonathan Kolb. “Over the past six seasons, Tina has cemented herself not only in the Liberty record books, but in the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere due to her tireless and selfless work in the community. On behalf of the New York Liberty organization I thank Tina and wish her well in Washington.”
Walker-Kimbrough appeared in 34 games (1 start) for the Washington Mystics in 2019, averaging 6,7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists, while shooting 43.2% from the field in 17.1 minutes. The 5’9” guard has appeared in 80 career games across three WNBA seasons with Washington, holding career averages of 5.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game. Walker-Kimbrough was selected 6th overall by the Mystics out of the University of Maryland in 2017.
Hill appeared in four games (2 starts) for Dallas before having season-ending knee surgery in 2019. She averaged 3.3 points and 1.3 rebounds, while shooting 40.8% from the field in 12.2 minutes. The 5’9” guard has appeared in 145 career games across seven WNBA seasons with Washington and Dallas, holding career averages of 8.9 points and 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 19.7 minutes per game. Hill was selected 4th overall by Washington out of The Ohio State University in 2013.
Charles was selected first overall in the 2010 Draft by the Connecticut Sun. The Queens native was traded to New York from Connecticut in 2014.
In her six seasons in seafoam, the seven-time WNBA All-Star appeared in 200 games (all starts) posting an average of 18.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per outing. A 10-year WNBA veteran, Charles owns career averages of 18.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 32.4 minutes in 330 career games (all starts) in New York and Connecticut.
For the first time in franchise history New York has the No. 1 pick in the Draft. The Liberty now hold picks 1,9,12, 13, 15 and 26—the most in team history. The 2020 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm will be held on Friday April 17 as a virtual event without players, guests, or media. ESPN coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET.
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