Sun acquire center George from Mercury for draft choice

Mohegan — The Connecticut Sun continued to shape their roster for the 2018 season on Friday by acquiring center Cayla George from the Phoenix Mercury for a second round pick (No. 21 overall) in this year's WNBA Draft.

The move comes less than 24 hours after the Sun re-signed veteran forward Shekinna Sticklen to a multi-year contract on the opening day of the free agent signing period.

"We are excited about the opportunity to obtain Cayla," Sun general manager and head coach Curt Miller said in a release. "She is a versatile and veteran post player who fits our style of play. She is an excellent face-up post player who helps create spacing at the offensive end of the floor. She is an underrated defensive rebounder and provides added length to our post game.

"She is widely considered an outstanding teammate, so she adds to our culture in the locker room."

George, 28, is a member of the Australian National team and missed the 2016 WNBA season while representing Australia in the Rio Summer Olympic Games.

The 6-foot-4 center was originally signed as a free agent by Mercury in 2015, and has played in 66 of 68 regular-season games for Phoenix in 2015 and 2017. Last season, George set a WNBA record for most defensive rebounds by a reserve when she had 14 against the Chicago Sky on July 28.

She spent her offseason in her native Australia playing with the Townsville Fire. She averaged 10.5 points and 9.4 rebounds as the Fire won the Australia's WNBL Grand Final. She finished fourth in the league in rebounding and shot 44 percent from the floor.

Connecticut still has three picks in the draft — ninth (first round), 15th (second round), and 33rd (third round).

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