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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Currie reunited with ex-Duke teammate Beard in Washington

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Mystics traded center Chasity Melvin to the Chicago Sky on Thursday for forward Monique Currie.

Currie was the first overall pick in this year's dispersal draft after the Charlotte Sting disbanded. She averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in Chicago's first two games.

Currie was drafted No. 3 overall by Charlotte last year. She averaged 10 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Sting in 2006. Currie, who went to high school in Washington, played at Duke with Mystics guard Alana Beard.

Melvin has averaged 10.7 points since joining the Mystics in 2004. She averaged 12 points and 6.5 rebounds in Washington's first three games this season.

"It was difficult to trade a veteran player," Mystics general manager Linda Hargrove said. "But we feel that Nakia Sanford and our young post players will benefit from the opportunity to compete."