In an effort to get younger while continuing to keep its playoff stature and remain under the salary cap, the Storm traded fan-favorite Ashley Robinson to Washington in exchange for C Victoria Dunlap on Tuesday. Seattle also re-signed G Katie Smith to a one-year deal.
"I'm excited to come back," said Smith, 37, from Ohio where she's in graduate school at her alma mater Ohio State and assisting with the women's basketball team. "I didn't know everything was being announced together and I'm just finding out about Ashley myself."
Dunlap, 22, was the 11th pick of the 2011 WNBA draft, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds for the Mystics. She did have 19 points and eight boards as a starter for then 2-6 Washington in July against Seattle. The Mystics lost 73-63 at the Verizon Center, the Storm playing after learning C Lauren Jackson would be out due to left hip surgery.
At Kentucky, Dunlap was named SEC Player of the Year in 2011. She averaged 17 points and 8.7 rebounds her senior season...