On Thursday, the Aces and Lynx made a draft day trade where the Lynx traded Korean center Ji-Su Park, the 17th pick and Mercer guard Khalia Lawrence, the 24th pick in exchange for Gonzaga forward Jill Barta, the 32nd pick and the Aces’ 2019 second round pick.
According to Julian Andrews of the Minnesota Lynx, the Lynx made this move, presumably in particular for the extra second round pick in 2019, in order to invest more in future draft picks in exchange for picks who probably wouldn’t make the opening day roster. Since it appears that the 2018 season may be new Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Lindsay Whalen’s last year as an active player.
For the Aces, they can use more young talent right away. Lawrence was the Southern Conference Player of the Year and one of the top mid major prospects in the Draft. I don’t think she’s a lock for the roster considering how much young talent the Aces have at the guard position, but you never know. Meanwhile, Park is just 19 years old, so she could continue to develop in Korea for a year or two before making the trip across the Pacific to play for the Aces.