BRADENTON, FLA. – The Chicago Sky has acquired forward Stephanie Mavunga from the Indiana Fever in exchange for center Jantel Lavender, a second-round draft pick, and a third-round draft pick in 2021 WNBA Draft, the team announced.
“This is a strong hit for our leadership as far as losing Jantel, a seasoned veteran with championship experience, such a great person, and someone who played well in the Chicago uniform. With all the injuries and with the competitive season, we felt that it was best for the betterment of our team to add another young piece that was good player and had great character,” Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade said. “It’s a tough day for us, but we’ll feel good when Stephanie gets here and we’re able to welcome her in like family. These things are always bothersome, especially for a coach and especially in this day and time. When you are making decisions like these, you don’t make these decisions lightly, but we have to do what’s best for the players that are playing and it was obvious to us we had to have healthy bodies.”
Selected by the Fever with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, Mavunga was averaging career-highs in points (5), rebounds (4) and minutes (11.8) per game in five appearances for Indiana this season before being temporarily sidelined by a facial injury on August 7. She has since been cleared to play and will return to the court for her first appearance in a Sky uniform after her quarantine period.
Lavender was signed by Chicago prior to the 2019 season and did not travel with the team to Brandenton, Fla. after undergoing surgery to repair a fifth metatarsal fracture in her left foot in June.
The Chicago Sky plays the Seattle Storm tomorrow, Saturday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. ET on ABC.