LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired guard Alexis Jones from the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for guard Odyssey Sims, Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler announced today.
The 5-foot-9 Jones was drafted 12th overall by the Lynx in the 2017 WNBA Draft. In a limited role her rookie season, Jones shot 38% on 3-pointers and 86% from the free-throw line.
“Alexis is a talented point guard who can stretch the defense with her 3-point shooting,” Toler said. “She has already shown flashes of great play at both ends of the court. She brings playoff and championship experience in winning the WNBA championship in 2017. She will be a great addition to our backcourt.”
Jones started her collegiate career at Duke University before transferring to Baylor University where she earned All-Big 12 First Team honors her junior and senior seasons. Her senior year, she averaged 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 41.1% on 3-pointers.
In return, the Sparks will send Odyssey Sims to the Lynx, who was acquired prior to the 2017 season in a trade with the Dallas Wings.
“I’d like to thank Odyssey Sims for her contributions to the Sparks organization,” Toler said. “We wish Odyssey the best as she moves on to the next phase of her WNBA career.”
The Sparks begin training camp on May 5 and the home opener is May 31 against the Connecticut Sun.