Liz Cambage’s trade demand cast a shadow over the Dallas Wings offseason. Now they’ve finally found a trade and a resolution that hopefully works for everyone.
Liz Cambage was a revelation for the Dallas Wings last season. She spent two seasons with the Tulsa Shock before spending several seasons playing exclusively overseas, returning to the WNBA franchise last season, who had since moved from Tulsa to Dallas. Cambage averaged 23 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, along the way setting the league single-game scoring record with a 53-point explosion against the New York Liberty.
But at the end of the season, coach Fred Williams was fired and his relationship with Cambage was credited with drawing her back to the WNBA. In January, news broke that Cambage had requested a trade, saying that she’d like to play for the Sparks, where Williams is now an assistant, and that she would not play for the Wings again if they didn’t trade her. As trade negotiations have dragged on over the past few months, Cambage has repeatedly alluded to myriad frustrations with how the Wings organization treated her.
Now all parties should be able to start putting that behind them. The AP’s Doug Feinberg reported that the Wings had finally agreed to a deal to send Cambage to the Las Vegas Aces for Moriah Jefferson, Isabelle Harrison and the Aces’ first- and second-round picks in next year’s draft.
Assuming Cambage is willing to show up and play for Las Vegas, they should instantly become one of the most dangerous teams in the league. The Aces have last year’s rookie of the year, A’ja Wilson, to slot next to Cambage in the frontcourt, as well as Kayla McBride and former No. 1 overall pick Kelsey Plum in the backcourt. This is a potentially landscape-altering trade for the WNBA and hopefully will keep one of the league’s biggest stars on the court.