The Chicago Sky are trading star guard Kahleah Copper to the Phoenix Mercury, in what is considered the most surprising move of the WNBA offseason. Copper, the 2021 WNBA Finals MVP, had agreed to a two-year extension with Chicago last September but is now moving to Phoenix, potentially boosting the Mercury's title contention.

By the Numbers
  • Copper made the All-Star team in each of the last three campaigns.
  • She averaged a career-high 18.7 points per game in 2023.
State of Play
  • Phoenix has also signed All-WNBA defensive team guard Natasha Cloud and acquired versatile wing Rebecca Allen in a sign-and-trade with the Connecticut Sun, enhancing their roster.
  • Chicago is pivoting towards a rebuild, having lost key players in free agency and not retaining their interim coach, as they hired a new head coach and general manager.
What's Next

The trade significantly impacts both teams' strategies for the upcoming season, with Phoenix noticeably strengthening its roster and Chicago entering a transition phase.

Bottom Line

The surprising trade of Kahleah Copper to the Phoenix Mercury marks a significant shift in the WNBA offseason, potentially altering the competitive dynamics of the upcoming season for both teams.