The Seattle Storm cleared up some cap space on Wednesday, sending guard Kia Nurse and the No. 4 pick in this year’s WNBA draft to the Los Angeles Sparks in return for a 2026 first-round pick.
Seattle has been in the mix for a number of big free agency signings, including players like Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Ogwumike announced in January that she would leave the Sparks after 11 seasons, and Seattle is among the teams on her list.
Diggins-Smith is also thought to be considering Seattle. She spent the last three seasons in Phoenix.
With the trade, the Sparks now have the No. 2, 4 and 12 picks in the first round of the WNBA draft, which is April 15.
“Being able to add a player with Kia’s skill set and experience will fill a big role for us this season,” Sparks general manager Raegan Pebley said. “Adding a second lottery pick also assures another significant addition to our roster in 2024. We’re thrilled about both and what they will be able to accomplish here in Los Angeles.”
Nurse had played just one season with Seattle after being drafted by the New York Liberty in 2018. She averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season.
While the WNBA free agency negotiation period began on Jan. 21, contracts can be made official as of Thursday.