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The Atlanta Dream acquired the No. 1 WNBA draft pick from the Washington Mystics on Wednesday.
The Mystics got the No. 3 pick on Monday and the No. 14 pick in the second round.
Washington also has the right to trade its 2023 first-round pick with Atlanta’s first-round pick acquired in Los Angeles on Feb. 5. The Dream traded Chennedy Carter and Li Yueru’s rights to the Sparks for LA premiere Erica Wheeler. -the draft pick next year and the No. 15 pick this season.
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Atlanta still retains the No. 15 pick in the second round of the draft.
The trade gives Atlanta, which finished 8-24 last season, the first draft pick for only the second time in franchise history. In 2009, the Dream used the No. 1 overall pick to recruit Angel McCoughtry, who led the team to the WNBA Finals in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
McCoughtry, a five-time All-Star, and now plays for Minnesota.
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Atlanta is rebuilding with new owners and new management.
Owner Kelly Loeffler has come under pressure to sell her 49% stake in the team after she opposed the league’s social justice initiatives. Dream’s new ownership group is led by real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener and includes former Dream caretaker Renee Montgomery.
Longtime WNBA player Tanisha Wright was hired as Atlanta’s new coach last year. Former manager Nicki Collen abruptly left the team less than two weeks before last season to become manager of Baylor.
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Washington won the WNBA Draft lottery on Dec. 19 for the first time in franchise history. He also had the No. 1 overall selection in 1999, when there was no lottery.