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Mystics Trade #1 Pick For The #3 + #14 Picks From Atlanta Dream

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General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault of the Washington Mystics announced today that the team has acquired the third and fourteenth overall picks in the 2022 WNBA Draft from the Atlanta Dream in exchange for the first overall pick in this year’s WNBA Draft. Washington will also have the option to swap their first-round pick in the 2023 WNBA Draft with the Dream, which Atlanta originally obtained from the Los Angeles Sparks.

“We feel that this trade gives us the opportunity to have more options in both the 2022 and 2023 drafts. We are very comfortable with all three players that we have ranked as the possible top three picks in the draft. Whichever player comes to us will add to the depth of this year’s team and will have the chance to grow into a very important role over the next few years. We didn’t have any other picks in this draft and now we have #14 to try to find another good young player that can be a part of our future. I’m excited for the draft on Monday night and our fans should be excited too.” – Mike Thibault 

Washington will now draft third overall for the third time in franchise history, and for the first time since Stacey Dales was selected third overall in the 2002 WNBA Draft. Murriel Page, who will be enshrined into the Mystics’ Hall of Fame this summer, was chosen third overall in 1998 as well. In franchise history, the Mystics have only drafted out of the 14th overall slot once, selecting Jenna Smith in the 2010 WNBA draft.

PHOTO: Natasha Cloud and the Washington Mystics aren’t sweating too much about trading down. Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images

Ashton Horne is an upcoming writer who currently resides in Harford County. He currently interns for TheDMVDaily as a journalist.

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