In a trade with the Indiana Fever on Friday, the Atlanta Dream acquired guard Danielle Robinson, adding veteran leadership for the 2023 season.
The deal sends guard Kristy Wallace to Indiana.
Robinson was the No. 1 player in the WNBA and was a three-time All-Star and All-Defensive team selection. She was Oklahoma’s No. 6 pick in the 2011 draft, where she helped the Sooners reach two Final Fours.
In May, when the 27th season of the WNBA begins, she turns 34.
Robinson spent the first five seasons of her career in San Antonio. She also appeared in games for the Phoenix Mercury, Minnesota Lynx, and Las Vegas Aces, a San Antonio-based team that relocated in 2018.
She had the Fever for the past two years, scoring an average of 7.4 points in 2022 and 9.9 points in 2021.
“Danielle’s skillset, competitiveness, and basketball IQ will prove her to be a great addition to our team,” Dream general manager Dan Padover said in a statement. “We know she will continue to bring the same energy to the floor that she has brought throughout her entire professional career.
“Danielle is the exact type of professional we want to bring into this organization. Her leadership and experience will be a huge asset for our young talent as they continue to grow into the future of the Dream.”
Last season, The Dream went 14-22 and finished No. Rhyne Howard, the No. 1 pick, was named Rookie of the Year. They hope to add to Howard’s talent through free agency (players can start signing on February 1) and the 2023 draft (Atlanta has the No. 1 pick). 3 and 8 in the initial round).
Wallace was selected in the second round (No. 16 overall) in 2018 after her knee injury ended her senior season at Baylor. She didn’t play in the WNBA until the Dream’s season last year. She played professionally in her home country of Australia in the interim.
Last season for Atlanta, Wallace, who turned 27 on January 3, averaged 6.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.