Dallas Wings trade Liz Cambage to Las Vegas Aces, acquire Imani McGee-Stafford from Atlanta Dream

Liz Cambage. Photo: NBAE/Getty Images.
Liz Cambage. Photo: NBAE/Getty Images.

After weeks of speculation, the Dallas Wings traded center Liz Cambage to the Las Vegas Aces in exchange for guard Moriah Jefferson and forward Isabelle Harrison. Las Vegas will also include the team’s 2020 first and second round picks as part of the deal. Dallas also waived forward Morgan Bertsch.

In addition, the Wings acquired Imani McGee-Stafford from the Atlanta Dream, giving up a 2020 third round draft pick for the 6-foot-7 center.

  • Cambage, a 6-8 center, led the league in scoring (23.0 ppg) and was second in rebounding (9.7) in 2018. The 27-year-old Australian also finished fourth in the WNBA in field goal percentage (58.9%) and set the league record for points in a game when she scored 53 against the New York Liberty on July 17.
  • Jefferson, 25, averaged 5.4 points a game in 2018 after returning from injury halfway through the season. The Dallas native was selected second overall in the 2016 draft by the San Antonio Stars
  • Harrison, 25, who took a medical leave of absence during the 2018 season, started 33 contests for San Antonio in 2017.  She averaged 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a game in 2017.
  • McGee-Stafford, 24, appeared in 29 games for the Dream last season, starting two of them. She averaged 10.5 minutes a game while pulling down 3.4 rebounds.

“The trade has finally happened, and the journey it took to get here will make a great story one day,” Aces head coach and president of basketball operations Bill Laimbeer said about the deal.

“Everyone in the Aces family is excited to welcome Liz to Las Vegas. She brings an attitude and physical presence that we need. There is no doubt about her physical ability, but what we respect most about her is her basketball IQ. That is what we are about.”

“We had to give up some quality players and people to make this trade happen. I didn’t know Isabelle Harrison prior to this year’s training camp, and my first opportunity to coach her was a pleasure. She wants to learn, and I expect she will be a solid professional basketball player for many years to come. Moriah helped us launch our franchise last year, and the Aces appreciate all she did for us in connecting with our fans. Wings fans will love her.”

“We made a series of transactions today that I believe benefit our team now and, in the future,” Dallas Wings president and CEO Greg Bibb stated. “Since we began discussions around a potential deal in January, Moriah Jefferson and Isabelle Harrison have been the players we have sought to add to our team. While Moriah may ultimately decide to sit out the 2019 season, we are willing to wait for her first appearance in a Wings uniform. We believe she is an elite-level point guard and we are excited for her to join her hometown team and to be a key part of our organization for the foreseeable future.”

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