INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever announced today the team has acquired guard Bria Hartley in a three-team trade involving the Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury. The Fever also acquired the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s WNBA Draft from Chicago, a 2023 first round pick from Chicago, as well as a second round pick in 2022 and 2023 from Phoenix. The Fever now own the No. 2, No. 7 and No. 10 overall selections in this year’s draft.
In exchange, Chicago received Fever guard Julie Allemand and a 2023 first round pick from Phoenix, while guard Diamond Deshields was traded to Phoenix in a sign-and-trade agreement.
“We are excited to welcome Bria’s veteran presence to Indiana. She has proven to be a key contributor on multiple teams, including last year in helping Phoenix advance to the WNBA Finals,” VP of Basketball Operations and General Manager Tamika Catchings said. “This trade allows us to secure more top-tier talent in this year’s draft, and we also add more assets to control heading into 2023.”
Hartley is entering her ninth WNBA season after playing the last two years with Phoenix. During the 2020 season, the 5-foot-9 guard was averaging a career-best 14.6 points per game, including a career-high 27 points against New York, before tearing her ACL in her right knee.
Hartley was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft by Washington, earned All-Rookie Team honors and played in 83 games with the Mystics in her first three seasons. She was traded to New York ahead of the 2017 season and started 62 of 92 games played with the Liberty.
A two-time NCAA champion with UConn in 2013 and 2014, Hartley was also the 15th Husky all-time and only the fourth UConn sophomore to earn honors. She finished her college career ranked seventh on UConn’s charts for most points (533) and assists (140) by a sophomore.
Hartley missed the remainder of the 2016 regular season due to the birth of her son.