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Report: New York Liberty trade Tina Charles to Mystics for players + draft picks

The Mystics get some help to try and repeat, the Wings move some of their massive draft capital, and the Liberty get some players for 2020.

New York Liberty center Tina Charles catches a pass during the preseason WNBA game against the China National Team at Barclays Center. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 WNBA Draft is two days away, and we’ve got a huge trade that will shake up the first round of the board. The New York Liberty have completed a three-team deal with the Washington Mystics and Dallas Wings that will net them the No. 9, 12, and 15 picks in the draft, according to AP reporter Doug Feinberg.

The Liberty are dealing center Tina Charles to the Mystics and getting guards Tayler Hill and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, along with the three picks. Dallas get Washington’s first round pick in 2021 and New York’s second round pick in 2021.

Charles was sixth in the league with 16.9 points per game and 11th with 7.5 rebounds per game. Walker-Kimbrough scored 6.7 points per game over 34 appearances. Hill appeared in only four games before knee surgery ended her season.

It looks like the Mystics are trying to run it back for another chance at the title. DraftKings Sportsbook is projecting them at 7/1 to win the title, fifth best in the league. This trade should result in some movement on their odds. Charles is a seven-time all-star, and as we said in our mock draft, the value this year late doesn’t really fit any immediate needs picking at #12.

As for the Liberty, it gets them younger as they begin to rebuild around who will be their first pick, Sabrina Ionescu. She’s projected as a future superstar, and this trade will give her some complementary pieces instead of heading to a roster that’s older and doesn’t fit her skill set.

As for Dallas, it gives them some future capital instead of having one-third of the picks in the first round this year.

The first round draft order is now as follows:

1. New York Liberty
2. Dallas Wings
3. Indiana Fever
4. Atlanta Dream
5. Dallas Wings (from Phoenix)
6. Minnesota Lynx
7. Dallas Wings (from Seattle via Connecticut and Phoenix)
8. Chicago Sky
9. New York Liberty (from Las Vegas via Dallas)
10. Phoenix Mercury (from Los Angeles via Connecticut)
11. Seattle Storm (from Connecticut)
12. New York Liberty (from Washington)