Fever Lands Additional First Round Pick and Post Player In Trade with Phoenix
Indiana Owns No. 5 and No. 9 Selections in Upcoming WNBA DraftTweet
Official Release | March 11, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever has acquired a first-round draft pick and power forward Lynetta Kizer from the Phoenix Mercury in a trade announced today that sends combo guard Erin Phillips to Phoenix along with Indiana’s second-round pick in the upcoming WNBA Draft.
The Fever adds the No. 9 pick in the draft to go with the No. 5 choice it already owns, marking only the second time in franchise history the club will own two first-round selections. The Fever’s No. 5 pick is its highest since 2005. Phoenix receives the 17th overall pick with its second-round pick from Indiana.
“I want to thank Erin for all she did for our franchise,” said President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. “She is a tremendous professional both on and off the court. She played an integral role in helping us win a WNBA Championship in 2012. I wish her nothing but continued success.”
Krauskopf continued, “Erin is going into the final year of her contract and this trade allows us to bring in another young player through the draft, as well as add a young post player with Lynetta Kizer. Lynetta is a 6’4” post player who can score inside and out. She gives us significant help with interior scoring and rebounding.”
A power forward who starred at the University of Maryland, Kizer begins her third WNBA season in 2014. She is an athletic, dominant rebounder who averaged 9.9 minutes per game in 27 games with the Mercury last summer. She split her rookie campaign between Tulsa and Phoenix after a third-round draft selection in 2012. Kizer currently plays for European power Good Angels Kosice in Slovakia. Since joining the club in the past month, she averages 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Middle European League, and 12.5 points with 7.5 boards in EuroLeague competition.
“We are excited to welcome Lynetta Kizer, a young physical post player who can play the 4 or 5 spot for us,” said Fever coach Lin Dunn who is scheduled for induction in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June. Echoing Krauskopf’s sentiment, Dunn added, “We appreciate all that Erin did for our franchise and we wish all the best in Phoenix.”
Phillips enters her seventh WNBA season which included a starring role on the Fever’s 2012 WNBA championship team. She played three seasons in Indiana, but missed much of the 2013 season with knee problems.
After opening training camp April 27, the Fever hosts a preseason game with the Washington Mystics on Monday, May 5 (12:00 p.m.). The Fever opens the regular season at Chicago on May 16 before hosting its home opener against the Atlanta Dream on Saturday, May 17 (7:00 p.m.)