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Sparks Acquire Chennedy Carter & Li Yueru
By Amanda Scurlock
Published February 5, 2022

LA Sends Erica Wheeler and Draft Picks to Atlanta Dream

Guard Chennedy Carter has averaged 16.1 points per game and shot at 46.6 percent from the field during her career (courtesy photo)

The Los Angeles Sparks announced today the acquisition of Chennedy Carter and the rights to Li Yueru from the Atlanta Dream. In exchange, the Sparks sent Erica Wheeler, a 2022 second-round pick (No. 15), and a 2023 first-round pick to Atlanta.

Carter was the No. 4 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. In her rookie season, she averaged 17.4 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.3% from the field and 37.5% on 3-pointers. She earned a spot on the WNBA All-Rookie Team. Over two WNBA seasons, she’s averaged 16.1 points and 3.4 assists per game.

“Chennedy Carter has the skills to be an All-WNBA talent,” GM/Head Coach Derek Fisher said. “She can score at all three levels and has a tenacious approach to the game. At just 23 years old, we’re excited about the potential for her to be a star for many years to come.”

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The Sparks also acquired Li Yueru, one of the top international centers. At 6-foot-7, Yueru is a marquee player for the Chinese national team. In the Tokyo Olympics, she averaged 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and shot 78.6% from the field. She was drafted No. 35 overall in 2019 by Atlanta. Yueru and Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike were teammates in 2019, playing together for Guangdong (China).

“Li Yueru is someone who proved in the Olympics she has a future in the WNBA,” Fisher said. “Adding an efficient, 6-foot-7 center to our prospect list was important to this deal. This trade also enables us to field a 12-woman roster with the significant cap space created.”

The Sparks send Erica Wheeler to the Dream, in addition to two draft picks. The Sparks signed Wheeler prior to the 2021 season as a free agent. In six WNBA seasons, Wheeler has career averages of 9.7 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game on 40.6% shooting.

“Erica Wheeler is a class act and did a phenomenal job for us in 2021 as we navigated significant injuries,” Fisher said. “We know she will succeed in Atlanta, and we wish her well.”

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