Storm Acquires No. 2 Overall Pick
Trade sends Cash, Willingham to Chicago Sky

Jan. 2, 2012

SEATTLE - The Seattle Storm today announced a trade with the Chicago Sky, giving the Storm the No. 2 pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. In return, the Sky acquires forwards Swin Cash and Le’coe Willingham and the 23rd overall pick in the second round.

“We’ve spent a lot of time analyzing our current needs and what it will take to win another championship. We believe this trade positions us for short- and long-term success by adding a lottery pick and creating a substantial amount of salary cap space for free agency,” said Storm Head Coach and General Manager Brian Agler. “We are very thankful for Swin and Le’coe’s contributions to the success of the Storm, including the critical roles they played in helping us win the 2010 championship.”

The Storm has not had a top-four pick in the draft since selecting Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird with the top picks in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Seattle last picked better than 10th in 2007 (No. 7 overall) and has never held the No. 2 pick. Past second picks include Alana Beard (2004), Sylvia Fowles (2008) and Cappie Pondexter (2006).

The Storm acquired Cash on Feb. 19, 2008 from the Detroit Shock in exchange for the No. 4 pick in the 2008 Draft. During four seasons in Seattle, Cash averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She represented the Storm in the 2009 and 2011 All-Star Games, earning MVP honors both times. Willingham, signed as a free agent from the Phoenix Mercury on Feb. 9, 2010, averaged 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds during two seasons with the Storm. Both players helped the Storm win the 2010 WNBA championship.

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