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Mercury Acquire First Round Pick, Send Danielle Robinson to Lynx

PHOENIX – The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury today acquired the 12th-overall pick (first round) in the 2018 WNBA Draft from the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for guard Danielle Robinson and the Mercury’s second-round pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft.

“We loved having D-Rob in a Mercury uniform,” said Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman.  “She was a great asset to our team and our community, and we wish her the best in Minnesota.  This move allows us to add a very valuable commodity, an additional 2018 first-round pick, as we pursue all avenues of building a championship-caliber roster this year.”

Robinson was acquired by the Mercury on January 31, 2017 as part of a trade with the San Antonio Stars (now the Las Vegas Aces).  Starting 29 of the 32 games she appeared in during the 2017 season, the three-time WNBA All-Star averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 assists in 23.5 minutes per game.  Robinson scored a season-high 17 points at Dallas on August 10, to go along with seven assists and five rebounds in what was possibly her best all-around performance in a Mercury uniform.

WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi and 2017 WNBA scoring champion Brittney Griner return to Phoenix this summer to lead the Mercury in a quest for the franchise’s WNBA-record tying fourth championship.  Tickets for Fry’s Food Stores Opening Night on Friday, May 18, and Phoenix’s two showdowns with the rival Minnesota Lynx on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, July 21 can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting