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The Las Vegas Aces have acquired the No. 8 and No. 13 picks in Monday’s WNBA Draft from the Minnesota Lynx. In return, the Lynx received the Aces’ first- and second-round picks in 2023.

“This trade with Minnesota gives us the opportunity to acquire the players to further strengthen our talented veteran team,” said recently hired Aces general manager Natalie Williams.

With the two additional picks, Las Vegas now has five total selections in the draft, including the No. 11, No. 23 and No. 35 picks.

Minnesota will now pick just twice in the 2022 draft, at No. 22 overall and No. 28 overall. Unless the Lynx make cuts to their current roster, with just $12, 198 remaining in cap room according to Her Hoop Stats, they don’t have enough salary cap space to sign any of their draftees. The team’s forward-thinking approach makes sense from a financial perspective alone.

“We believe this year’s draft is a good draft, however, with the players that we currently have under contract and the limited roster space remaining, we made the decision to turn our attention to future opportunities,” Minnesota coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said.

In Just Women’s Sports’ mock draft, Rachel Galligan had the Lynx taking forward Sika Kone with the eighth pick of the draft and Northwestern guard Veronica Burton with the 13th pick. With the 11th pick, she projected the Aces to select forward Naz Hillmon out of Michigan.