The Las Vegas Aces traded Dearica Hamby to the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, a somewhat surprising move that removes a core player from the Aces’ 2022 WNBA championship squad, who had recently signed a contract extension through 2024.
The Sparks will also receive the Aces’ first-round pick in 2024 in exchange for the negotiating rights for Amanda Zahui B., and the Sparks’ second-round pick in 2024.
Hamby spent her entire career with the Las Vegas Aces/San Antonio Stars organization since being called up to Wake Forest in 2015 and has been an All-Star for the past two seasons. She was named WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year in 2019 and 2020.
She has career averages of 9.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 85 starts.
“Dearica has dedicated eight years of her career to this organization and has been instrumental in our success since the team moved to Las Vegas,” Aces general manager Natalie Williams said in a statement. “We will miss her as a teammate and are grateful for all her contributions to the Aces over the years.”
Karen Bryant, General Manager of Sparks, said: “The addition of Dearica to our roster plus a future first-round pick was a solid move for us. We’re excited to have another key feature as we begin free agency. “
In June, the Aces announced that they had signed Hamby to a two-year contract extension. But there were signs that something could be amiss this week when Hamby – who announced she was pregnant during the Aces’ victory parade – tweeted: “Imagine expressing your fears as a woman and being pregnant in this profession/this world…. Then to make sure you were supported… and your back was “had”… only to be used against you.”
The Sparks — who have a new coach in Curt Miller and GM in Bryant — have made big strides this offseason via trade, bringing in veteran point guard Jasmine Thomas from Connecticut this week.