The Connecticut Sun acquired the rights to former UConn guard Tiffany Hayes from the Atlanta Dream on Thursday in exchange for the sixth overall pick of the 2023 WNBA Draft.
The Dream initially owned the Nos. 3 and 8 picks in the draft, however they traded the third pick and their 2025 first-round selection to the Dallas Wings last month to acquire guard Allisha Gray.
The Sun obtained the No. 6 pick in the draft in January in a three-team deal with the Liberty and Wings, with Connecticut sending 2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones to New York in the trade.
Hayes, 33, averaged 16.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11 games last season with the Dream. She missed the majority of the campaign due to overseas obligations and a right knee injury.
Hayes currently is playing with CBK Mersin in Turkey.
“We’re super excited to add Tiffany to our roster,” Sun general manager Darius Taylor said. “Tiffany is a two-way player that can score at all three levels and her ability and experience will be welcomed. Tiffany has personified our ‘grit don’t quit’ mentality her entire career and we look forward to her being a part of our organization.”
Hayes has averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 277 career games (234 starts) since being selected by Atlanta with the 14th overall pick of the 2012 WNBA Draft out of UConn. She was a part of the Huskies’ undefeated teams in 2009 and 2010, with both winning national championships.
–Field Level Media