- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2018

The Washington Mystics acquired forward Aerial Powers from the Dallas Wings on Monday in exchange for guard Tayler Hill and their 2019 second-round draft pick.

Powers was the Wings’ fifth overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft out of Michigan State and has averaged 9.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game over her career.

Hill was the fourth overall pick in 2013 and has spent her entire career with the Mystics until now.

“We had an overload at the guard position as Ariel Atkins has proven herself as a starter on this team,” coach Mike Thibault said in a statement. “We had an opportunity to add a bigger wing player in Aerial Powers, who is versatile enough to play positions two through four. With Tayler Hill’s minutes decreasing, we thought it best to give her the opportunity to find more playing time elsewhere.”

Hill only played double-digit minutes in three of the Mystics’ first eight games in July and has averaged just 1.5 points per game for the month.

As part of the trade, the Wings will have the option to swap first-round picks with Washington in 2019 based on their records.

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