Sparks Acquire WNBA All-Star Guard Kia Nurse

Sparks Also Receive No. 4 Lottery Pick in 2024 Draft 

The Los Angeles Sparks today announced the acquisition of All-Star guard Kia Nurse in addition to Seattle Storm’s number four overall pick in this year’s draft in exchange for the Sparks 2026 first round pick.  

Nurse was drafted by the New York Liberty 10th overall in 2018, and has averaged 9.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in five seasons in the league with the Liberty from 2018-2020, Phoenix Mercury in 2021 and the Storm in 2023. In her second year, she was voted to be a starter in the WNBA All-Star game and was selected to participate in the 3-point contest.  

“I am excited that we were able to acquire Kia and welcome her to our Sparks family,” said head coach Curt Miller. “Kia is a versatile veteran guard who can play multiple positions and brings a toughness and physicality that will fit in perfectly with our team.”  

The 6-foot guard played collegiately at University of Connecticut, where she won back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016 and was the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2015. 

“Being able to add a player with Kia’s skillset and experience will fill a big role for us this season and I look forward to seeing her impact,” says Sparks General Manager Raegan Pebley. “Adding a second lottery pick also assures another significant addition to our roster in 2024.  We’re thrilled about both and what they will be able to accomplish here in Los Angeles.”