WNBA free agency officially commenced with teams extending qualifying offers and having the ability to make trades. This morning, Australians woke up to the first big move of the offseason which involved current Melbourne Boomers guard and Australian Opal, Kristy Wallace.
The Atlanta Dream dealt the second-year guard to the Indiana Fever in exchange for 11-year veteran Danielle Robinson. Wallace was originally drafted in the the second round with the 16th overall pick to Atlanta in the 2018 draft out of Baylor. She signed a training camp contract prior to the 2022 season and made the final roster for the Dream. She thrived in her rookie season with Atlanta, averaging 6.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game while starting 18 of the 29 games she appeared in.
The Indiana Fever are a team in rebuild mode under first year head coach Christie Sides. Wallace is a hard-nosed guard who is extremely tough and versatile. She can shoot from anywhere on the court and play exceptional defence. This move brings not only financial flexibility to Indiana but a pivotal piece where Wallace can truly show off her skills and shine.
Currently, in the 2022/23 WNBL season with the Melbourne Boomers, Wallace is averaging 16.9 points per game (eighth overall), 5.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists (third overall), shooting 44.7 per cent from deep (sixth overall) and averaging 33.5 minutes on the court.
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