Monday July 27th, 2015

The Minnesota Lynx have acquired center Sylvia Fowles from the Chicago Sky in a three-team trade, the Lynx announced Monday.

As part of the deal, Minnesota also received Chicago's second-round draft pick in 2016. The Lynx sent center Damiris Dantas, forward Reshanda Gray and their 2016 first-round pick to the Atlanta Dream, who sent center Erika de Souza to Chicago.

Fowles, 29, has played her entire seven-year career with the Lynx, who selected her with the second pick of the 2008 WNBA draft. She is a three-time All Star, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She will be the fifth Olympian on Minnesota's roster.

In 186 career games with Chicago she has averaged 15.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. 

“We’re excited to welcome Sylvia to the Minnesota Lynx organization,” Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith said in a statement. “She’s a proven, defensive All-Star player and we expect her to step in and be a great leader on and off the court. She’s been one of the elite centers in the WNBA and will be a key addition to our championship caliber roster.”

Minnesota is in first place in the Western Conference with a 12-4 record.

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