Kahleah Copper is on her way to Phoenix, with the Mercury having traded for the Chicago star.
The news was first reported by Khristina Williams of Girls Talk Sports TV and Howard Megdal of The Next Hoops. In exchange, the Sky will receive Brianna Turner, Michaela Onyenwere and four draft picks — including the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 draft. In addition to Copper, the Mercury have also acquired Morgan Bertsch from the Sky.
In a post on Instagram, Copper thanked the Sky for the seven years she spent with the team. She was traded to Chicago from Washington in 2017 as part of a deal that included sending Elena Delle Donne to the Mystics.
“I came to Chicago with a hunger and a desire to learn, make an impact in the community, and be great on the court. 7 years later I can honestly say, Chicago, I love y’all. We went through ups and downs together; we battled together; WE WON A CHAMPIONSHIP TOGETHER; and most importantly we supported one another,” she wrote.
“Now, 7 years and 4 days later, I find myself back in Belgium with Team USA and I’m saying goodbye – for now – to Chicago. I wanna thank y’all for rockin with me all these years. … Thank you also to the best teammates I’ve ever had, ima miss my dawgs!! Chicago fanss yall know yall got my heart!!! Thank you for all the support since I touched down.”
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Copper has been with Chicago since the trade, which included winning a WNBA championship and WNBA Finals MVP in 2021. She had signed a new, two-year deal with the team last September – keeping her from free agency this offseason.
Following that, the Sky hired new coach Teresa Weatherspoon, with Copper saying she was “super excited” to be a part of the team’s new era.
It continues to be a busy offseason for Phoenix, who have also added Natasha Cloud in free agency and Rebecca Allen through a trade.