Chicago Sky trades for Swin Cash

Updated: January 2, 2012, 5:59 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Sky added three-time WNBA All-Star Swin Cash and Le'coe Willingham through a trade with the Seattle Storm, the team announced Monday.

The Storm will receive the Sky's first-round pick (No. 2 overall) in the 2012 WNBA draft while Chicago will also get a second-round pick (23rd overall) from the Storm.

"With the additions of Swin and Le'coe, we have gained tremendously skilled players and leaders," Sky head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said. "They also possess the experience and intensity needed to not only compete, but succeed at the highest level."

Seattle coach and general manager Brian Agler says the trade will free up significant salary cap space for the Storm. It will be the first time Seattle has held a pick in the top four of the draft since selecting Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird with the No. 1 overall picks in 2001 and 2002.

Cash won two titles with the Detroit Shock in 2003 and 2006 and another with the Seattle Storm in 2010. Last season in Seattle, Cash averaged 13.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, just above her career averages of 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds. Willingham is a two-time WNBA champion with the Phoenix Mercury (2009) and Seattle Storm (2010). Last season she averaged 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds with Seattle.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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