All-Star center Sylvia Fowles was traded from the Chicago Sky to the Minnesota Lynx in a three-team blockbuster trade on Monday.

The Lynx acquired Fowles and the Sky’s 2016 second-round pick, sending 22-year-old center Damiris Dantas, rookie forward Reshanda Gray and their 2016 first-round pick to the Atlanta Dream. The Sky received All-Star center Erika de Souza from Atlanta.

Fowles, 29, demanded a trade to Minnesota in January and held out the first half of the season while the Sky and Lynx worked out the framework of the deal.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is expected to play in tonight’s game against the L.A. Sparks.

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The Chicago Sky traded center Sylvia Fowles to the Minnesota Lynx as part of a three-team deal Monday.

 

The Sky acquired Erika De Souza from Atlanta and also gave the Lynx their second-round pick in next year’s draft. The Dream received Damiris Dantas, Reshanda Gray and Minnesota’s first-round pick next season.

 

Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith called Fowles a “proven, defensive All-Star.”

 

“We expect her to step in and be a great leader on and off the court,” he said. “She’s been one of the elite centers in the WNBA and will be a key addition to our championship-caliber roster.”

 

Fowles sat out the first half of the year after requesting a trade from Chicago in the offseason. Without their 6-foot-5 star, the Sky (11-6) are second in the Eastern Conference. The two-time Olympian is averaging 15.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2 blocks for her career.