Thomas Heading to Atlanta

The Atlanta Dream selected 6’3” Sky forward Carla Thomas in the 2008 Expansion Draft held yesterday. Carla was the tenth overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, out of Vanderbilt. She played in 17 games last season, averaging 2.5 points per game in 7.2 average minutes played. She is playing in France in the off-season.

The Dream also selected Erika DeSouza (Connecticut), Katie Feenstra (Detroit), Roneeka Hodges (Houston), Ann Strother (Indiana), LaToya Thomas (Los Angeles), Kristen Mann (Minnesota), Ann Wauters (New York), Jennifer Lacy (Phoenix), Kristin Haynie (Sacramento), Chantelle Anderson (San Antonio), Betty Lennox (Seattle) and Yelena Leuchanka (Washington).

Atlanta immediately orchestrated three trades. The Dream traded the fourth overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft and guard Roneeka Hodges to Seattle in exchange for the eighth pick in the draft and veteran guard Iziane Castro Marques. They also traded the 18th draft pick and forward LaToya Thomas to Detroit in exchange for second-year guard Ivory Latta. In the third trade, the Dream acquired the 24th overall draft pick from Indiana, in exchange for agreeing not to select specific unprotected Fever players.

How This One Is Different The WNBA has made several rule changes since the Sky’s Expansion Draft, based largely on feedback from Sky owner Michael Alter and CEO Margaret Stender, who felt that the available talent pool should be larger, so new teams can compete right away. In Chicago’s Expansion Draft, the Sky could not select any restricted and unrestricted agents. In fact, the New York Liberty had so many free agents in addition to the six players they protected that there was only one player on the team that the Sky could select. Atlanta received the number four pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft (and traded it), while the Sky received the number six pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft.