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Dream sign ex-MVP Charles, alternate for Canada

  • Michael Voepel, ESPN.comFeb 1, 2024, 03:19 PM ET

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      Michael Voepel covers the WNBA, females’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering females’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

The Atlanta Dream private signed historic WNBA MVP Tina Charles, a free agent ahead, and traded for guard Jordin Canada in strikes announced Thursday by the Dream.

Charles, the No. 1 draft rob out of UConn in 2010, won two NCAA titles with the Huskies. She became once the 2012 WNBA MVP and has conducted 12 seasons within the league, averaging 18.2 capabilities and 9.3 rebounds for her career. She has been an all-WNBA preference nine instances and is additionally a 3-time Olympic gold medalist.

“Having a participant who has been tried and apt all through her career will be impactful as our younger core continues to aged,” Dream coach Tanisha Wright said. “There would possibly be a mutual admire between Tina and I as a consequence of the years we spent as [WNBA] teammates, and her competitiveness and desire to draw discontinuance will be an added enhance for our group.”

Charles, 35, most lately conducted within the WNBA for the Seattle Storm in 2022 and did now not compete within the league final twelve months. She additionally beforehand conducted for the Connecticut Solar, New York Liberty, Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury. Her playing career overlapped with Wright’s when each and each private been with the Liberty.

Canada is coming off her simplest season within the WNBA and joins the Dream in an indication-and-alternate address the Los Angeles Sparks.

The Sparks sent Canada and their No. 12 rob within the 2024 draft to the Dream for guard Aari McDonald and the Dream’s No. 8 preference. The Sparks, who’re amid a franchise refresh, now private the Nos. 2, 4, 8 and 28 choices in this twelve months’s draft, which is April 15.

The Dream additionally announced Thursday they’ve signed free agent guard Aerial Powers, which became once reported by ESPN on Wednesday, and re-signed ahead Nia Coffey, who will be in her third season with the Dream and eighth total within the WNBA.

Canada, 28, became once the No. 5 rob within the 2018 draft out of UCLA by the Storm and won WNBA titles with the Storm in 2018 and 2020. She signed with the Sparks in 2022 and had career-high averages of 13.3 capabilities, 3.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.3 steals final season. Canada is additionally a two-time WNBA all-defensive first-group preference. She is currently in Australia playing for the Melbourne Boomers alongside with Dream ahead Naz Hillmon. Canada leads the WNBL in assists with 7.9 per sport.

“Canada’s defensive prowess is a trait I’ve admired from a distance since she entered the league,” Wright said. “You simply can not assert the stage of skill she brings to her impart.”

McDonald, 25, led the Arizona Wildcats to the 2021 national championship sport after which became once picked No. 3 within the draft by the Dream. She has averaged 8.6 capabilities and 2.5 assists in her three seasons in Atlanta.

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