Phoenix Mercury acquires Danielle Robinson from San Antonio Stars in exchange for Isabelle Harrison and draft pick
The Phoenix Mercury acquired three-time All-Star point guard Danielle Robinson from the San Antonio Stars in exchange for reserve center Isabelle Harrison and the Mercury’s 2017 first-round pick (fifth overall).
“There are not a lot of players who immediately improve your team offensively and defensively, but Danielle Robinson is one of those players,” said Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman. “She is an elite point guard and legitimate All-Star in this league who can create for herself and others, and whose game really compliments Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner. This is an acquisition that absolutely helps with our goal to win a championship in 2017.”
Robinson missed the 2016 season due to an Achilles injury but is fully recovered and currently playing for Mersin in Turkey, where she is average 11.8 points, 5.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds through four games.
“We are grateful for all the contributions Danielle Robinson has made on the court and in the community here in San Antonio, and we wish her the best in Phoenix,” said Stars General Manager Ruth Riley. “The Stars welcome Isabelle Harrison to San Antonio and believe she will be a great, youthful addition to our post rotation.”
The Stars now hold the Nos. 1 and 5 first-round picks and the No. 1 pick in the third round of the 2017 WNBA Draft, which will take place in April. This is the first time that San Antonio has held the No. 1 pick and the first time the team has had two first-round picks since 2003.
Harrison was the Mercury’s first-round selection (12th overall) in the 2015 WNBA Draft, but didn’t make her WNBA debut until 2016 after suffering a knee injury while in college. She appeared in 26 games Phoenix last season, averaging 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest.