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Mercury trade Harding to Lynx for 9-year veteran Smith

Updated: April 4, 2007, 8:02 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Mercury defied long odds to win the No. 1 pick in Wednesday's WNBA draft, then decided a 30-year-old All-star forward would provide more immediate help than anyone available from the college ranks.

The Mercury acquired nine-year WNBA veteran Tangela Smith from Minnesota in exchange for guard Lindsey Harding, moments after Phoenix made the Duke star the No. 1 pick.

"It was a last-minute deal by Minnesota," Mercury general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. ...

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