Entering restricted free agency, Delle Donne, 27, would have had any offer matched by the Chicago Sky.
Instead of waiting for this to happen, Delle Donne made it clear that she would be willing to sit out the 2017 WNBA season if she was not traded.
The Sky ultimately worked out a deal with the Washington Mystics, who will send All-Star center Stefanie Dolson, last season’s No. 7 overall pick Kahleah Copper, and the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming 2017 draft.
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Delle Donne, who has spent her entire career with the Chicago Sky, will join forces with another young talent, Emma Meesseman, in Mike Thibault’s high-octane offense, which is heavy on perimeter shooting.
In exchange, the Sky will receive the 2015 All-Star center Stefanie Dolson, last season’s seventh overall pick Kahleah Copper, and the second overall selection in this year’s draft.
The Sky’s owner, Michael Alter, confirmed the Delle Donne trade Monday night.