Mystics Acquire Milton-Jones

Delisha Milton-Jones
Washington Mystics General Manager Linda Hargrove announced today that the team has acquired Forward Delisha Milton-Jones from the Los Angeles Sparks as well as the 13th pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft for Forward Chamique Holdsclaw.

“We have a lot of confidence in Delisha and her abilities. Having won two WNBA championships, she brings that experience as well as leadership to our team,” said Hargrove. “She has the intangibles that will help us take the steps necessary to become a contender for the Eastern Conference Championship.”

In six seasons with the Sparks, Milton-Jones averaged 30.4 mpg, 11.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 1.8 apg. She was a member of the Los Angeles team that won back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002. In post-season play, Milton-Jones averaged 34.4 mpg, 12.8 ppg. 6.20 rpg., 2.5 apg., and 1.57 spg.

In 2004, Milton-Jones started 19 games for the Sparks where she averaged 9.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.21 spg., before being sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

A 6’1 forward from the University of Florida, Milton-Jones was selected in the first round (fourth overall) in the 1999 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. In 1997, she was named the SEC player of the year as well as the Wade Trophy winner. She also earned All-American honors from the Associated Press, Kodak and Basketball Times.

"We're extremely excited to acquire Delisha Milton-Jones," said Mystics Head Coach Michael Adams. "Delisha brings championship experience to our roster and will provide leadership as we look to improve on last season's finish. While we are excited about adding Delisha to the roster, we will certainly miss Chamique. In my first year as a head coach, I feel very fortunate to have coached a player of the caliber of Chamique Holdsclaw. She will truly be missed by the Mystics organization and we wish her all the best."

Chamique Holdsclaw was selected in the first round (first overall) of the 1999 WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics. In six seasons with the team, she averaged 18.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 2.5 steals. She was named the 1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year.

"On behalf of the organization, I would like to thank Chamique for her service to the Mystics," said Washington Sports and Entertainment President Susan O'Malley. "Obviously, Chamique went through a very trying time personally last season, and we have attempted to support her in every way possible. When she asked us to consider trading her for a fresh start, we felt it was best for everyone to honor that request. We wish only the best for Chamique both personally and professionally."

“I want to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to the Washington Mystics fans for their unwavering support, kindness and loyalty during my six years with the team - - especially during the tough times of this past season. I know that I greatly benefited from my experiences in Washington which will help me both personally and professionally as I move on,” said Holdsclaw.