Minnesota Acquires 2010 First-Round Pick from New York

In a three-way trade involving Minnesota, Los Angeles and New York, the Lynx today announced that they have acquired the Liberty's 2010 first-round pick, along with the rights to Raffaella Masciadri from the Sparks in exchange for guard Noelle Quinn. Los Angeles receives Quinn, while New York receives Sidney Spencer from the Sparks.

"We're very excited about adding a first-round draft pick and another experienced player to our roster in Raffaella Masciadri," said Lynx Executive Vice President, Roger Griffith. "Masciadri has been to the playoffs in each of her three seasons in the WNBA and is a veteran shooter that has international experience. We are confident in our depth at the point guard position and we wish Noelle the best in Los Angeles."

Masciadri, a six-foot forward, averaged 3.5 ppg and 1.4 rpg in parts of three seasons with Los Angeles. The native of Italy averaged a career-best 4.3 ppg in 29 games, one start, with the Sparks in 2009. Masciadri's résumé includes three years of playoff experience, where she's averaged 7.3 ppg in eight career games in the postseason. For her career, Masciadri has connected on 31.2 percent of three-point attempts, including a career-best 41.3 percent in 2005. A legend of Italian women's basketball, Masciadri has competed on the national stage several times for Italy.

In 64 career games in a Lynx uniform spanning two seasons, Quinn holds averages of 3.2 ppg and 3.5 apg. Originally drafted by Minnesota with the fourth overall selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft out UCLA, the six-foot guard averaged 3.6 ppg and 2.5 apg in 32 games, 25 starts, in 2008.

The Minnesota Lynx open their 11th year of basketball in the Twin Cities on June 6, 2009 vs. the Chicago Sky at Target Center. Season and group tickets for the 2009 season are now on sale, starting at just $10 per game. For information on ticket packages, call 612-673-8400, e-mail , or visit the Lynx Web site.