Phoenix deals reserve for 2008 pick

Mercury Trade Irvin to Silver Stars

PHOENIX, Feb. 21, 2007 – The Phoenix Mercury today traded reserve forward Sandora Irvin to the San Antonio Silver Stars for the team’s 2008 second round draft pick, the club announced.

“We wish Sandora the best and thank her for her contribution to our team the past two seasons,” said Mercury General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. “She played for two different coaches in her two seasons here and struggled with an injury last season that diminished her minutes. This trade gives her the chance to be closer to her family and gives us an additional draft pick in what is probably the strongest draft so far.”

Irvin, the Mercury’s first round draft pick in 2005, saw action in just seven games for Phoenix in 2006. The 6-3 forward played 38 total minutes last season, scoring seven points.

“With much gratitude I thank the Phoenix Mercury, the organization, coaches and staff for selecting me in the 2005 draft and helping make my dream come true of playing professional basketball,” Irvin said in a statement. “Most of all, I have greatly appreciated the support from the fans and the many friends and relationships I have gained while in Phoenix.”

Winners of a franchise-best seven straight to finish 2006, the Phoenix Mercury look to pick up where they left off led by All-Stars Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter in the record-shattering offense of head coach Paul Westhead. Under the direction of new general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale, the Mercury own the No. 1 overall pick in the April 4 WNBA Draft. Phoenix opens its 11th WNBA season on Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center against the San Antonio Silver Stars.