The Indiana Fever traded guard Erin Phillips to the Phoenix Mercury for forward Lynetta Kizer on March 11. The Fever also receive the Mercury's No.9 draft selection in the first round while Phoenix gets Indiana's second round pick (No. 17 overall).
Indiana will now have two top- 10 picks– the Fever already held the No. 5 overall selection.
Phillips, who is entering the final season of her contract, missed most of the 2013 season due to knee problems. She averaged 5.9 points and shot just 26.0 percent from the field in 18 games last season as the Fever went 16-18.
Phillips played three season in Indiana and averages 6.8 points and 2.1 assists a game. She is an outstanding three-point shooter as she knocks down 38.0 percent of her shots from beyond the arc for her career, including 47.9 percent last season.
“I want to thank Erin for all she did for our franchise,” said President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. “She is a tremendous professional both on and off the court. She played an integral role in helping us win a WNBA Championship in 2012. I wish her nothing but continued success.”
Kizer, a 6-4 power forward, can score inside and out. She also provides the Fever with a much needed inside presence and valuable rebounding help.
Kizer, 23, averaged 9.9 minutes in 27 games with the Mercury last year after dividing her rookie year between Tulsa and Phoenix. A third-round draftee in 2012, Kizer averages 4.0 and 2.5 rebounds a game for her career.
Kizer currently plays for European power Good Angels Kosice in Slovakia, averaging 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Middle European League, and 12.5 points with 7.5 boards in EuroLeague competition.