Shenise Johnson is headed to the Minnesota Lynx in a trade with the Indiana Fever over the weekend. The Fever acquired the No. 14 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA draft and a third round pick in the 2021 draft in the deal as Minnesota also received the No. 16 overall pick in 2020.
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"Shenise has been such a vital part of Indiana Fever basketball," said Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Tamika Catchings per release. "We will always be grateful for what she added to our franchise and we are confident she will continue to be a great contributor in the WNBA."
Johnson has been a member of the Fever for the past four seasons. She sat out the 2018 season and part of 2019 to rehab a knee injury.
The five-foot-eleven guard was originally drafted as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA draft by the San Antonio Stars. The proven scorer played for the Stars for three seasons before being traded to the Fever in 2015. She averaged five points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists in her 13 minutes of play in 2019. She averages 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds in 21.5 minutes of play in her seven-year WNBA career.
A proven scorer, Johnson brings length and versatility to the Lynx. She has the ability to shoot the ball well and score it in a variety of ways. It will be nice to see a fresh start for Johnson following the injury on a team where she truly has the opportunity to come in and impact right away.
The Fever haven't necessarily needed to make a ton of moves this WNBA offseason. Newly named head coach Marianne Stanley takes over a fairly young team still in the midst of a building phase. Allowing her an opportunity to wrap her arms around the roster and it's dynamic will be important for the 2020 season as the franchise is expected to continue to trend upward.