Liberty accelerates rebuild with Tina Charles trade
by Bryan Fonseca
Apr 22, 2020 | 2420 views | 0 0 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The New York Liberty are now in full rebuild after an eventful week that saw them part ways with their perennial All-Star, while adding their soon to be franchise player Sabrina Ionescu.

On Wednesday, the Libs, who will be playing their home games in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center whenever action in the WNBA can begin moving forward, traded seven-time All-Star Tina Charles.

Charles, a Queens native, was acquired by her hometown team ahead of the 2014 season from the Connecticut Sun, who drafted the UConn alum at number one overall in 2010.

Charles was dealt in a three-team deal, landing with the defending WNBA Champion Washington Mystics, in a transaction that also included the Dallas Wings.

In dealing Charles, the Liberty saw a hefty return of a package including the 12th overall pick in 2020, 2021 first, second and third round picks, along with guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, whom the Liberty flipped to the Phoenix Mercury on Friday’s draft night for 10th overall pick Jocelyn Willoughby from the University of Virginia.

In the three-team deal, the Liberty flipped the Mystics’ 2021 first-rounder, along with New York’s own second round pick, to Dallas in exchange for eight-year guard Tayler Hill, along with the ninth and 15th overall picks in 2020.

“Tina Charles is a name that will forever be synonymous with New York basketball,” said Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb in a press release confirming the trade. “Over the past six seasons, Tina has cemented herself not only in the Liberty record books, but in the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere due to her tireless and selfless work in the community.”

While with the Liberty for six seasons, Charles averaged 18.7 points and 8.6 rebounds, landing on five All-Star teams. Most notably, Charles had been at the forefront of three straight Eastern Conference-leading Liberty ball clubs from 2013-2015, the first of which came one game within reaching the WNBA Finals, losing to the Indiana Fever in the conference championship.

Charles will join a Mystics squad led by 2019 WNBA MVP Elena Della Donne and 2019 WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman.
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