Sparks Trade Milton-Jones For Holdsclaw

EL SEGUNDO, March 21 -- Los Angeles Spark forward Delisha Milton-Jones and the 2005 first round draft pick (13th overall) have been traded for forward Chamique Holdsclaw of the Washington Mystics it was announced today by the Sparks organization.

“Chamique is no doubt a great athlete and wonderful person. She will fit perfectly within the Sparks and Lakers family of great players” Sparks President Johnny Buss notes. “My hat is off to Penny Toler for her dedication to keeping the Sparks on top. My best wishes to Delisha who gave us all great basketball entertainment including her role in our two championships.”

Entering her seventh season in the WNBA, Holdsclaw was originally drafted in 1999 to the Mystics and since has averaged 18.3 PPG and 9 RPG. She has been recognized as one of the leading players in the WNBA and has been awarded three ESPY’s, one in 1998 for Woman of the Year and two in 1999 for Woman of the Year and for Female Athlete of the Year. Holdsclaw is a five time WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2003, and twice she could not play due to injury), a two time All-WNBA team member, and was presented with the Rookie of the Year award in 1999.

A University of Tennessee alumni, Holdsclaw set an all time scoring record of 3,025 points, defeating any other player, male or female. She was also selected in 2000 as one of the Naismith College Basketball Players of the 20th Century. In addition to her many accolades, Holdsclaw has a gold medal from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Holdsclaw is looking forward to expanding her experience with the Sparks: “I am very excited about coming to Los Angeles. I have a lot of respect for the Sparks organization. I look forward to contributing alongside Lisa Leslie and the other Sparks players in trying to win a WNBA championship.”

Holdsclaw will make her STAPLES Center debut on May 31st against the San Antonio Silver Stars.