Sparks Acquire WNBA Champion Lexie Brown

LA Sends Rights to Li Yueru to Chicago

LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2022 – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today the acquisition of guard Lexie Brown from the Chicago Sky in exchange for the rights to center Li Yueru.

Brown holds career averages of 4.8 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 89 career games with the Connecticut Sun, Minnesota Lynx and most recently Chicago, where she won a WNBA Championship in 2021. She saw her best season in 2019 with the Minnesota Lynx, where in 33 games, she averaged a career-best 7.6 points per game, while shooting 40.2% from the floor, including 38.5% from beyond the arc.

This offseason, Brown participated in the inaugural Athletes Unlimited professional league, where she played in 15 games and averaged 14.0 points per game. Brown shot 52.3% from the field, including 46.9% from deep on 4.3 attempts per game. She added 4.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in those contests.

Brown is the daughter of former NBA player Dee Brown. She graduated from Duke University and was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun.

The Sparks send the Sky the rights to Chinese center Li Yueru, who was recently acquired alongside Chennedy Carter in a trade with the Atlanta Dream on Feb. 5, 2022.


Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks are one of three original franchises in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sparks have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 2016), have qualified for the playoffs in 20 of their 25 seasons and remain the only active team in the league to win back-to-back titles. The Los Angeles Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at Arena has a championship level entertainment experience while showcasing the best female athletes from around the world on the court. LA Sparks 2022 season tickets are available here for purchase.

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