CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2022) – The Chicago Sky has acquired point guard Julie Allemand in a three-team trade with the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever, the team announced today.
As part of the trade, Chicago receives Allemand from Indiana while Phoenix receives Diamond DeShields from Chicago. In exchange, Indiana acquires Bria Hartley from Phoenix and two of Phoenix’s second-round draft picks, and Chicago deals Indiana its 2022 and 2023 first round picks. In the deal, Chicago also receives Phoenix’s 2023 first round draft pick.
- Julie Allemand (from Indiana)
- 2023 1st Round Pick (from Phoenix)
- Diamond DeShields (from Chicago)
- Bria Hartley (from Phoenix)
- 2nd Round Pick, 2022 WNBA Draft (from Phoenix)
- 2nd Round Pick, 2023 WNBA Draft (from Phoenix)
- 1st Round Pick – 2022 WNBA Draft (No. 7 overall, from Chicago)
- 1st Round Pick – 2023 WNBA Draft (from Chicago)
“We can’t wait to welcome Julie into the Sky family,” said Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade. “She’s proven that she is at high level point guard that can create and play for teammates. “Not only that, but she’s been able to show what she’s done on an international level across Europe and in FIBA competitions. She also was one of the greatest surprises of the WNBA bubble.”
Originally drafted by Indiana with the 33rd overall pick in the 2016 WNBA, Allemand didn’t start playing for the Fever until the 2020 season. She immediately became a breakout player and starter for the team immediately, Allemand ended her first season ranked second in the league in both assists and second in the league in three-point percentage.
“We expect for her to grow on those things, especially being a guard-oriented offense that we have,” Wade said. “She’s going to be coming into a lot of familiarity, which is always great. So this is a very exciting day for the Sky.”
Allemand will return to play for Chicago after sitting out the 2021 WNBA season as she competed with the Belgium Olympic team. The upcoming 2022 WNBA season tips off May 6th.