The Atlanta Dream continuing making noise during WNBA Free Agency after acquiring Courtney Williams, their biggest move yet.
The deal is three-team trade in which Atlanta also obtained a 2020 second round pick and sent forwards Jessica Breland and Nia Coffey to the Phoenix Mercury. Phoenix sent the No. 17 overall pick in the 2020 draft to Atlanta and Briann January and a 2021 second round pick to the Connecticut Sun.
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"Today is an exciting day for the Atlanta Dream," said head coach Nicki Collen per release. "The addition of Courtney Williams brings us a dynamic scorer who thrives in the big moment. Courtney is arguably the bet mid-range scorer in the WNBA but has also become a very efficient three-point shooter which will keep defenses honest. While one of the smaller players in the league, she attacks the boards at both ends of the floor fearlessly and effectively."
Williams has emerged as one of the premier guards in the league in the last two seasons as she helped lead Connecticut to a Finals appearance in 2019. She averaged 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists while starting every game last season. Williams has a proven ability to go off at any point with an ability to drop huge numbers. In the 2019 playoffs, she elevated her level of play in key moments, averaging 18 points during the run.
The Dream has maintained a level of aggressive moves this off-season after acquiring Glory Johnson, Kalani Brown, Alexis Jones and Shekinna Stricklen, all of which needed to be made following their 2019 season finishing 8-26.
"Our off-season focus was to re-energize our offensive with shooters and to establish a tradition of winning," said Atlanta Dream President and General Manager Chris Sienko. "The addition of Courtney is an amazing opportunity to do just that. She is competitive, passionate and a rising super-star in this league. With our current roster and our free agency additions, we are excited about our future."