The Seattle Storm opened Thursday’s 2021 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm with a trade, acquiring third-year guard Kennedy Burke from Indiana in exchange for the rights to the 11th overall pick Aaliyah Wilson. After the wheeling and dealing the Storm also added guard Kiana Williams (#18 overall) and forwards N’dea Jones (#23 overall) and Natalie Kucowski (#35 overall) to round out the draft.
“I’m really excited about how the draft ended up for us,” said Storm General Manager Talisa Rhea. “We added four great players and we look forward to seeing them compete at training camp.”
Burke reunites with former UCLA teammate Jordin Canada and former Fever teammate Candice Dupree in Seattle. In 2020, Burke averaged 7.2 points per game in 22 games with the Fever, including a career-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting against the Storm on Aug. 20. Originally a second-round pick (#22 overall) by the Dallas Wings in the 2019 WNBA Draft, Burke has spent the last two seasons in Indiana after being claimed by the Fever prior to the start of the 2019 season.
“We are excited to have Kennedy join us in Seattle,” said Rhea. “She’s a versatile player that has pro experience and we believe will be a great fit for our Storm culture.”