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Chicago Sky risk future draft picks with Marina Mabrey trade

Chicago Sky head coach and GM James Wade is putting a lot of stock into his current roster. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Chicago Sky are playing the short game, and not necessarily the long game, when it comes to their trades.

Head coach and general manager James Wade has drawn criticism over his team’s recent trade, which involved trading away two first round draft picks – one in 2023 and one in 2024. Dallas also reserves the right to swap first round picks with Chicago in 2025.

While the 2023 class is loaded, the 2024 class is at times being described as the best the league has seen in years. It’s a class that includes draft-eligible players like Caitlin Clark, Paige Bueckers, Cameron Brink and Angel Reese.

There’s also potential depth to consider, as the Sky also traded away a second rounder in 2025 and a second and third rounder in 2024. In effect, most of their draft stock is now gone with six picks having been traded away.

Of course, Wade could always get some of that back. But it could require parting with big name players once again.

But the team appears to be focusing on the now. Mabrey averaged 12.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game through three seasons in Dallas and averaged 13.6 points per game last season – a career high.