In a blockbuster three-team trade, the Minnesota Lynx have traded for Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles, while the Sky received Atlanta Dream center Erika De Souza. The Dream get Lynx forwards Damiris Dantas & Reshanda Gray and Minnesota's 2016 first-round draft pick. Minnesota also gets Chicago's second-round draft pick for 2016.
Here is a portion of the release from the Chicago Sky:
"Erika brings veteran leadership, a versatile skill-set and defensive intensity that will complement our existing core," said Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. "Her presence in the paint will be extremely valuable as we enter the second half of the season."
De Souza, now in her 10th WNBA season, started in all 17 games for the Dream during the first half of the 2015 season averaging 8.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while maintaining a 45.9% field goal percentage. In her WNBA career, the 6-foot-5 center has played in 254 regular season games, for three teams (Los Angeles, Connecticut, Atlanta). De Souza is a three-time WNBA All-Star (2009, 2013, 2014) with career averages of 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
She is Atlanta's current all-time leader in rebounds (1, 784), double-doubles (68), and games played (211). A product of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, De Souza signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001. She played one season each with the Sparks (2002) and the Connecticut Sun (2007) before joining the Dream via the 2008 expansion draft.
"Sylvia was one of the founding blocks of our organization," said Chatman. "Speaking on behalf of not just myself and the staff, but also the fans, I am thankful for the hard work and passion she played with in a Chicago Sky uniform and wish her continued success in her career."
Earlier this WNBA offseason, Fowles requested a trade but was very coy about what team it was. And while she never spoke about that team publicly, It had been rumored for months that the one team Fowles was looking to be traded to was Minnesota.
Now with the addition of a dominant force like Fowles, it undoubtedly, makes the Lynx the favorites to win the WNBA title.