Liz Cambage’s trade circus has finally come to an end, with the Las Vegas Aces acquiring the star Australia centre in a blockbuster WNBA trade.
The 2018 MVP runner-up heads to the Aces in exchange for point guard Moriah Jefferson, forward Isabelle Harrison, and the Aces first and second round draft picks in 2020.
“The trade has finally happened, and the journey it took to get here will make a great story one day,” outlined Las Vegas Aces President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer.
“Everyone in the Aces family is excited to welcome Liz to Las Vegas. She brings an attitude and physical presence that we need. There is no doubt about her physical ability, but what we respect most about her is her basketball IQ. That is what we are about.
“We had to give up some quality players and people to make this trade happen. I didn’t know Isabelle Harrison prior to this year’s training camp, and my first opportunity to coach her was a pleasure. She wants to learn, and I expect she will be a solid professional basketball player for many years to come. Moriah helped us launch our franchise last year, and the Aces appreciate all she did for us in connecting with our fans. Wings fans will love her.
“I’d also like to thank our general manager, Dan Padover, for all the work he put into this. This trade doesn’t happen without his patience and persistence. I told him that numerous times throughout this saga, and that’s why I hired him.”
The 6-8 Opal led the league in scoring (23.0 ppg) and was second in rebounding (9.7) last season, setting the league record 53 points in a single game against the New York Liberty on July 17 and was a dominant force in 2018.
Cambage had also recently vented her frustration via social media of her unresolved trade situation, claiming the situation as impacting on her health. Cambage had also previously outlined of her desire to play for the LA Sparks, and now that she has landed in Las Vegas, wheher she actually plays this season is still yet to be confirmed.
“We made a series of transactions today that I believe benefit our team now and, in the future,” said Dallas Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb who made no specific comment about Cambage.”
Las Vegas tips off just its second season of WNBA competition at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Monday, May 27 Australian time. They will be expecting their star Australian centre to be suited up and ready to dominate.