Dream Acquires Matee Ajavon From Washington In Three-Team Trade
"ATLANTA, March 12, 2014 " The WNBA Atlanta Dream announced today that it has acquired guard Matee Ajavon from the Washington Mystics as part of a three-team trade. The Dream also received Washington's second-round pick (18th overall) in the 2014 WNBA Draft as part of the trade.
In exchange, the Dream traded guard Alex Bentley and its third-round pick (32nd overall) in this year's draft to the Connecticut Sun, and Connecticut sent guard Kara Lawson to Washington.
Ajavon will be entering her seventh season in the league. The 5-8 product of Rutgers spent the last six seasons with the Mystics after playing her rookie year with the Houston Comets. Ajavon, who has missed just one game in her WNBA career, has averaged 8.9 points and 2.9 assists per game for her career.
"We are thrilled to welcome an experienced and dynamic guard in Matee Ajavon to the Dream as we continue to build this franchise for a championship run," said Dream Executive Vice President and General Manager Angela Taylor. 'matee brings a defensive intensity, explosive playmaking skills in the open-court, and light-hearted and positive energy that complement our existing core. We thank Alex for all that she contributed to the Atlanta Dream organization and community. We wish her the best."
Ajavon's best season came in 2011, when she averaged 14.7 points (No. 11 in the league) and 3.1 assists while starting 33 of 34 games for Washington. Last season, she averaged 8.9 points and 2.9 assists while starting 27 of the Mystics" 34 games.
Ajavon, who is currently averaging 12.0 points and 4.0 assists for Mersin in the Turkish League, was an honorable mention All-American at Rutgers who helped lead the Scarlet Knights to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including one trip to the NCAA Championship game.
With the acquisition of Washington's second-round pick, the Dream now owns picks No. 8, 18 and 20 in the 2014 WNBA Draft.
The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream tips off its seventh season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) on May 16 against the San Antonio Stars in Philips Arena. The Dream has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, including conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season tickets for the 2014 season are now available and can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net.