The 6-foot-5 guard-forward was the 2015 WNBA MVP and a 2016 Olympian. She transforms the Mystics, who missed the playoffs last season, into an instant contender in the Eastern Conference.
Wizards point guard John Wall was among the first to welcome Delle Donne to D.C., along with the Capitals, the Wizards and a new Mystics teammate, all-star Emma Meesseman.
Bradley Beal apparently first got word of the trade at practice.
It wasn’t only the Monumental Sports & Entertainment family that welcomed Delle Donne to the D.C. sports scene. D.C. United and the Redskins did, too, using the #A11DC hashtag. (Like Wall, Delle Donne is a Cowboys fan.)
Delle Donne addressed her new fans in a video message.
“I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to be coming to D.C. and playing for such a great organization,” she said. “They’ve built such a strong team, and I’m super excited for our future. I also cannot wait to get on the court and start working with my new teammates. I promise to work my absolute hardest in trying to bring this incredible city a championship. I’m also super excited to meet all of you and see you packing the Verizon Center. It’s going to be a very special year and I can’t wait to achieve things together.”
The Mystics sent Stefanie Dolson, Kahleah Copper and the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft to Chicago in exchange for Delle Donne. Both Dolson and Copper thanked their fans on their way out of town.