Fever Acquire Shenise Johnson from Stars

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The Indiana Fever and San Antonio Stars completed a trade Thursday that sees the Stars send Shenise Johnson and the 21st pick in the 2015 draft to the Fever in exchange for Indiana’s 2015 first and second round picks (6th and 18th overall).

In Johnson the Fever add a competent 5’ 11 guard with career averages 7.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. With Indiana in need of backcourt depth after the loss of Karima Christmas to free agency, Johnson should prove to be a more than capable replacement.

For San Antonio, the trade comes as the team begins to build for the future. An injury to Danielle Adams combined with the retirement of Becky Hammon has left the team thin in both their front and backcourts. Even with Adams planning on being ready for the season, the addition of a second mid first round pick gives the Stars an opportunity to add both a guard and a post player who they can develop for the future. Potential guards who could be on the board include Amber Orrange, Samantha Logic and Jazmine Davis.

Having two first round picks also gives the Stars the flexibility to possibly trade up in the draft or acquire another veteran if one is made available via trade.