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Diamond DeShields dealt to Phoenix in three-team trade

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Diamond DeShields is on her way to Phoenix after being involved in a three-team trade that includes the Indiana Fever, Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky.

In exchange for DeShields, Chicago receives a 2023 1st round pick from Phoenix. The Fever then sent the contract of Julie Allemand to Chicago in exchange for Chicago’s 2022 and 2023 first-round picks. They also received Bria Hartley and second-round picks in 2022 and 2023 from Phoenix.

“Diamond DeShields is as dynamic an athlete as we have in our league and at just 26 years old has already been a champion, an All-Star and an All-WNBA performer,” said Mercury GM Jim Pitman. “She was one of our top targets this offseason because of her ability to score and defend from the wing position and how dangerous she is in the open floor. We are thrilled to add Diamond to our All-Star core.”

DeShields’ contract with Phoenix is a two-year fully protected contract worth $150,000 in year one and $154,500 in year two, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

During the 2021 season, DeShields averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27 games from the bench. Following the Sky’s championship win in November, she asserted that she wanted to be a starter.

“I don’t belong on the bench,” DeShields said in November. “I played the role because that’s what I was called to do [in 2021]. I did that as gracefully as I could but that’s not the role I want.”

Two weeks ago, DeShields said that she didn’t see herself returning to Chicago saying: “It’s not something I ever envisioned for myself or thought would happen, but things change, feelings change and people change.”

With the status of Courtney Vandersloot in question, the addition of Allemand could fill a possible hole in the Sky lineup.