The Sparks, and its new management, started the offseason rebuild of the roster by buying veteran guard Jasmine Thomas on Monday in a multiple-player commerce with the Connecticut Sun.
Thomas, a 12-year veteran who performed seven seasons with the Sun below new Sparks coach Curt Miller, was acquired together with the tenth total choice within the 2023 WNBA draft. The Sparks despatched heart Olivia Nelson-Ododa, ahead Jasmine Walker and the reserved rights to protect Kianna Smith.
“The trade with Connecticut puts us in a great position going into free agency as we were able to secure a veteran point guard and add a first-round pick,” mentioned Karen Bryant, the Sparks’ basic supervisor and chief administrative officer, in an announcement launched by the crew. “We are grateful for the time that we had with Olivia, Jasmine and Kianna and thank them for their contributions to the Sparks. We wish them all the best as they continue to grow in this league.”
Thomas has profession averages 9.6 factors, 2.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals. The former Duke star was chosen twelfth total within the 2011 draft by the Seattle Storm earlier than being traded to the Washington Mystics. After taking part in two seasons with the Mystics and two extra with the Atlanta Dream, Thomas was traded to Connecticut in 2015.
In her eight seasons with the Sun, seven of them below Miller, Thomas averaged 11.2 factors, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals, setting the franchise report for profession assists with 994. Thomas, who was an All-Star in 2017, earned All-Defensive first crew from 2017-19 and second crew in 2016 and 2021.
“I have had the pleasure of coaching Jasmine for my entire professional head coaching career and know she will be an incredible addition to this team and the culture we are building in LA,” Miller mentioned within the crew’s information launch. “Her knowledge of the game and her ability to lead a team both on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor is something that will be invaluable to us.”
The Sparks now personal the tenth, 14th and twenty sixth total picks within the 2023 draft.
Smith and Nelson-Ododa had been drafted sixteenth and nineteenth total by the Sparks within the 2022 draft, whereas Walker was the seventh total decide within the 2021 draft.