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Teasley Is Released By Mystics

The Mystics acquired Nikki Teasley, above, from the Los Angeles Sparks for Temeka Johnson, Murriel Page and the No. 5 overall pick in the draft.
The Mystics acquired Nikki Teasley, above, from the Los Angeles Sparks for Temeka Johnson, Murriel Page and the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. (Rick Havner - AP)
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Washington Mystics released point guard Nikki Teasley yesterday, ending her two-season stint with the team.

Both sides came to a mutual agreement on a financial settlement after several weeks of negotiations, Mystics General Manager Linda Hargrove said. The Mystics negotiated the settlement rather than pay the final year of Teasley's three-year deal. Teasley averaged 5.2 points and 3.3 assists last season.

Hargrove added that neither Teasley's recent revelation that she was pregnant nor the team's signing of former Minnesota Lynx point guard Amber Jacobs last week was related to the release. "We were going round and round, looking at a lot of things this whole year," Hargrove said. "We are thankful to Nikki for her two seasons of service with the Mystics and wish her only the best in her future endeavors."

After she was acquired from the Los Angeles Sparks for Temeka Johnson, Murriel Page and the No. 5 overall pick in the draft, Teasley averaged 10.7 points and 5.4 assists for the Mystics in 2006.

She spent her first four seasons with the Sparks, with whom she was MVP of the 2003 WNBA All-Star Game. Teasley has career averages of 8.7 points and 5.0 assists.

"I am grateful to have been part of a world class organization such as the Mystics and wish them nothing but the best," Teasley said in a statement.

The Mystics will begin training camp on April 20 in Tampa, where they will have their preseason opener against Sacramento. The regular season begins on May 17 against Indiana.

-- Michael Lee


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