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Kelsey Plum says goodbye to Dearica Hamby: ‘This one stings’

Kelsey Plum and Dearica Hamby have played together for the Las Vegas Aces franchise since 2017. (Jeff Bottari/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Las Vegas Aces dealt Dearica Hamby to the Los Angeles Sparks this weekend, which prompted a tribute from her longtime Aces teammate Kelsey Plum.

“This one stings,” Plum wrote on Instgram. “My sister, my friend, my teammate, just an amazing human being. I love you, ur strength never ceases to amaze me. I will miss you and Amaya dearly. LA got a good one.”

The pair have played together since 2017, when Plum was drafted No. 1 overall by the franchise. Hamby was drafted with the sixth overall pick by the franchise in 2015.

Hamby made her own thoughts on the trade known as well. She called out the Aces, who she said acted “unprofessional and unethical” in their treatment of her pregnancy. The 29-year-old forward revealed her pregnancy at the Aces’ championship parade.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to sign a replacement player under a maternity cap exception if they do not have the cap room.

Yet Hamby wrote that her “honesty was met with coldness, disrespect, and disregard from members of management.”

“To be treated this way by an organization, BY WOMEN who are mothers, who have claimed to ‘be in these shoes,’ who preach family, chemistry and women’s empowerment is disappointing and leaves me sick to my stomach,” she continued. “We fought for provisions that would finally support and protect player parents. This cannot now be used against me.”