The Phoenix Mercury announced the addition of 10-year WNBA veteran Kia Vaughn as an unrestricted free agent.
Vaughn joins the Mercury after spending the last two seasons with the New York Liberty. In 2019 she made appearances in 29 games and has averaged 6.4 points, 4.5 rebounds in her 307 career games. The move gives them an immediate upgrade in bench depth.
Welcome to Phoenix, Kia!
— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) February 24, 2020
"Kia Vaughn is a high-caliber veteran who brings size, toughness and playoff experience to an already improved roster," said Phoenix Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman. "The addition of Kia continues and offseason of adding proven talent, both veteran and youth, adding toughness and athleticism, shooting and rebounding. Just like our other additions, Kia will be a great fit in Phoenix."
The 6-foot-4 center was drafted as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2009 draft by the New York Liberty. She also spent four seasons with the Washington Mystics from 2013-2016 before being traded back to New York. Her best season yet came in 2011 when she averaged a career-high 10 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
With the loss on DeWanna Bonner, the addition of Vaughn adds continued depth on the bench on the interior alongside Brittney Griner. The veteran presence will also serve as tremendous role as a locker room leader to the young additions to the Mercury as they continue to prepare for the future and develop young talent.
It has been an eventful and strategic offseason for the Mercury who have added Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jessica Breland, Bria Hartley, Nia Coffee and Sonja Petrovic so far this month.