Liberty Trade Kia Vaughn



NEW YORK LIBERTY AND WASHINGTON MYSTICS COMPLETE TRADE

Liberty acquire No. 7 overall pick in 2013 WNBA Draft for Kia Vaughn and No. 17 pick.



NEW YORK, NY – February 27, 2013 – New York Liberty Head Coach and General Manager Bill Laimbeer announced today that the team has executed a trade with the Washington Mystics, acquiring the seventh overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft in exchange for Kia Vaughn and a 2013 second round pick (No. 17 overall).

“We thank Kia for her contributions to the Liberty, both on and off the court. She expressed a desire to continue her playing career elsewhere and we honored her request and wish her well,” said Laimbeer. “We have the opportunity to select a fine player with the seventh pick and this move also gives us salary cap flexibility moving forward to continue building a team to compete for the championship.”

Vaughn played four seasons with the Liberty, joining the franchise in 2009 as the eighth overall selection in the WNBA Draft. She appeared in 31 games (17 starts) in 2012, averaging 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

The 6-4 center has played in 129 career games with averages of 5.9 points and 4.0 rebounds. Vaughn has also played in 10 playoff games, helping the Liberty reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010. In postseason play she is averaging 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

The 2013 WNBA Draft will be held on Monday, April 15, ESPN2 will provide coverage of the first round at 8 p.m. and ESPNU will broadcast the second and third rounds beginning at 9 p.m. New York has two first round draft choices with the fifth and seventh overall picks, along with a third round (29th overall) selection.

The Liberty 2013 regular season home opener is on May 31 against the Tulsa Shock at Prudential Center. Liberty season ticket packages are available by calling 212-465-6766 or by visiting NYLiberty.com.

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