The Chicago Sky announced Tuesday that they have acquired WNBA All-Star Shameka Christon and Catherine Kraayeveld from the New York Liberty in a major three-team trade that also included the Phoenix Mercury.
The trade centered around Cappie Pondexter going to the Liberty. New York also received Chicago's second-round pick in the 2010 WNBA draft, and Phoenix guard Kelly Mazzante. The Mercury got Candice Dupree from Chicago.
"We are thrilled about this trade because it dramatically increases the depth of the Sky starting line-up, expands our shooting range and enhances our overall defensive intensity," Sky general manager and head coach Steven Key said in a statement released by the team. "We hate to lose Candice, but through this trade we are able to acquire All-Star Shameka Christon and established WNBA starter Catherine Kraayeveld, replacing one experienced athlete with two. This sort of depth will be a great addition to our current roster which includes WNBA All-Stars Sylvia Fowles and Jia Perkins."
Christon led New York in scoring last season, averaging 16.1 points and was recently added to the USA basketball national team pool. Kraayeveld averaged 9.0 points last year and was one of the team's best 3-point shooters. Both had spent their entire careers with the Liberty as Christon was drafted in 2004 out of Arkansas and Kraayeveld from Oregon in 2005.
The Sky open the season on May 15 at Connecticut.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.