Big move: Mystics acquire Liberty center Vaughn

Big move: Mystics acquire Liberty center Vaughn
February 28, 2013, 12:00 am
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Another day, another trade for the increasingly new look Washington Mystics.

The Mystics acquired center Kia Vaughn and a second round pick - 17th overall - from the New York Liberty on Wednesday in exchange for the seventh overall pick, which Washington added earlier this month in a trade with the Atlanta Dream.

On February 19, the Mystics sent guard Jasmine Thomas and the 13th overall selection to the Dream for the seventh and 19th overall selections.

The latest move is designed to help bolster Washington's inside game. Vaughn, a 6-foot-4 center In 2011, averaged established several career-highs including 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game en route to being named the WNBA's Most Improved Player.

“This is another big step in our re-making of this team,” General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault said. “Kia is a proven but still young veteran who can play both post positions and will be a great compliment to Crystal Langhorne. She has made great strides since she came into the league and yet I think her best basketball is still ahead of her. We are excited to have her and look forward to her having a major impact on our bright future.”

The former Rutgers star Vaughn was selected by the Liberty in the first round (eight overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft and has averaged 5.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 129 career games.

The Mystics currently hold the fourth, 17th, 19th and 25th picks in the 2013 WNBA draft.