Editor's Note: H/T to TheLaplaceDemon posted this as a FanShot first.
Ladies and Gentlemen: We have a midseason trade.
For the first time ... in a long while. It just involves veterans who are in the tail end of their careers, so don't get too excited, like how NBA Free Agency is going.
On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Dream traded Swin Cash to the New York Liberty in order to get Delisha Milton-Jones to bolster their frontcourt rotation. Milton Jones has averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds for New York in 18 games played this season while Cash averaged 1.5 points and 0.9 rebounds per game for Atlanta in 17 games played.
The main takeaway from this trade is that Swin Cash previously played for Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer from 2003-2007 for the Detroit Shock, where she won two WNBA championships with him in 2003 and 2006. Milton-Jones played for Dream head coach Michael Cooper, who was with the Los Angeles Sparks from 2000-2004 where they won two WNBA championships in 2001 and 2002. They were together once again from 2007-2008.
In a press release from the Dream, General Manager Angela Taylor said:
We are excited to add Delisha to our roster as we continue to seek a WNBA Championship. Delisha is very familiar with Coach Cooper's system, fits our offensive and defensive philosophies, and brings a championship pedigree to our locker room. We thank Swin for the positive impact she has made on our team and in the Atlanta community.
And in a press release from the Liberty, Laimbeer said:
We have been able to identify our style of play for now and in the future, and Swin fits that style. Delisha has been a solid player for us, and we think this is a move that benefits both teams.
Finally, here are some tweets from Cash:
Thanks Atlanta fans and organization for the support. Continued success and blessings. ❤️— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) July 10, 2014
To all my teammates in the A, we already talked but just know I appreciate you all... ❤️— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) July 10, 2014
As of the time of this posting, Milton-Jones has not tweeted on the trade.
For the Dream, I can see Milton-Jones doing more right away, but for the Liberty, maybe Cash could hit some of her mojo back with a coach who she had previous experience with, but I'm not sure.
Update on July 10 at 2 p.m. ET:
Delisha Milton-Jones has tweeted:
Hellooooo @AtlantaDream!!! Can't wait to meet everyone and keep the party rolling.— Delisha Milton-Jones (@DelishaMJones) July 10, 2014
When you've played as long as I have, u will def see and experience everything the game and the business have to offer. #TheJourneyContinues— Delisha Milton-Jones (@DelishaMJones) July 10, 2014