Los Angeles and Connecticut also trade second round positions in the 2016 WNBA Draft

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired guard Chelsea Gray, the 15th and 23rd picks in the 2016 WNBA Draft and the first round pick in the 2017 draft from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for the draft rights to guard Jonquel Jones and the 17th pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler announced today.

“Gray is an experienced point guard and a natural born leader with exceptional passing skills, who can also knock down the three-point shot,” said Toler.

In 34 games with Connecticut, Gray averaged 6.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists and shot 81.6 percent from the free-throw line last season. Among all rookies, she ranked second in assists per game (2.7 apg), second in three-point shooting percentage (.348) and fifth in scoring average (6.9 ppg).   She holds career highs of 16 points (twice), seven assists and three steals (twice).

“We have wanted Chelsea as part of our team for months,” said head coach Brian Agler. “She is a point guard with size and is a great competitor who makes everyone around her better. She shoots well from the three-point line and we are excited to have Chelsea join the Sparks.”

Drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft by Connecticut, Gray sat out the 2014 WNBA season recuperating from a right knee injury suffered during her senior year at Duke.

Jones, a 6-6 forward out of George Washington, was selected by Los Angeles sixth overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft.