Mystics acquire Erica McCall through a sign-and-trade with Lynx

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Mystics acquire Erica McCall through a sign-and-trade with Lynx originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Mystics have acquired fifth-year player Erica McCall in a sign-and-trade deal with the Minnesota Lynx. Washington will give Minnesota its 2022 third-round pick in exchange for McCall.

McCall is coming off a season where she was technically a part of three teams. First, the 6'2 forward was let go before the start of the WNBA's bubble season by the Indiana Fever. Just a mere weeks before the season began, McCall signed with the Atlanta Dream. After just one game she was waived, but immediately picked up by Minnesota off of waivers. 

She would finish the season with the Lynx, averaging 2.6 points in 9.2 minutes per game.

“Erica will be a valuable addition to our post rotation. She is someone who is just starting to reach her professional potential,” head coach/ general manager Mike Thibault said in a release. “We were impressed by her continued improvement last summer with Minnesota and feel like she will take another step forward with us this season.”

By sacrificing a third-round pick, the Mystics are getting a player with WNBA experience at the expense of something that's not guaranteed. Rarely do third-rounders make a WNBA roster, especially with the team they signed with. Considering how many stars the Mystics have, there would be little room for a player drafted that late to earn her spot. It's a good trade for both sides as Washington gets a roster player with a minimal cap hit and Minnesota gets something in exchange for a player it likely didn't have much roster flexibility for. 

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Washington, however, does not have any draft picks for the upcoming 2021 WNBA Draft. This means the Mystics only have two picks over the next two seasons. 

McCall, who is the sister to three-time All-Star DeWanna Bonner, was drafted by the Fever in 2017. As a second-round pick, she made Indiana's roster in her first season - which is not an easy feat in the WNBA. Playing in 30 games, even making a start, the Stanford product showed great promise off the bench in a limited role. 

Over the course of the next two seasons, her impact on the floor did not improve. It ultimately led to then-new head coach, and former Mysitcs' assistant, Marianne Stanley to release her. 

McCall was a restricted free agent this offseason. The Lynx made several free agency additions to bolster their roster and didn't leave much room to bring back the young, unproven player. 

It's been a busy free agency period for Washington already. They've re-signed free agent Tina Charles and agreed to terms with LaToya Sanders, which is in addition to bringing in Alysha Clark from Seattle. McCall makes the fifth forward on the roster as the team was beginning to run out of salary cap space. 

With McCall's addition, the Mystics have nine rostered players for 2021 and need two more players to hit the roster minimum. Natasha Cloud and Emma Meesseman are still unsigned, but the Mystics do not have the cap space to sign both to last year's terms for a full 2021 season.