Alex Bentley was originally drafted by Dream in 2013 WNBA Draft
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream traded Layshia Clarendon and a 2019 second round pick to the Connecticut Sun for Alex Bentley, the team announced Monday.
Bentley, a 5-7 guard out of Penn State, was originally selected by the Dream with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft and then traded to Connecticut before the 2014 season in a three-team swap. A sixth-year pro, she has played 19 games for the Sun in 2018 and is averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 21.7 minutes of play.
“Having had the opportunity to coach Alex Bentley in Connecticut for two seasons, I know she can be a dynamic scorer, but more importantly, she can create opportunities for her teammates because of her speed and skill with the basketball,” Head Coach Nicki Collen said. “I also consider Alex one of the premier on-ball defenders in the WNBA which will only strengthen our team defense. I am very excited to welcome Alex back to Atlanta where her WNBA career started.”
The veteran is a proven scorer in the league and will give the Dream another threat from the three-point line. She has career-averages of 11.0 points per game and has knocked down long distance shots at a 30.8% clip.
The Dream included the Sun’s original second-round selection acquired in a 2018 Draft Day trade with Connecticut for Bria Holmes.
Clarendon started four of 18 games for the Dream in 2018, averaging 4.3 points and 1.7 assists in 17.3 minutes per contest. She was acquired by Atlanta prior to the 2016 season from the Indiana Fever.
“I want to thank Layshia for her time and commitment to the Dream organization and wish her luck in Connecticut,” Collen said.
Atlanta will travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Mystics Wednesday inside the Capital One Arena beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The Atlanta Dream plays its home games in McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus. Atlanta has qualified for the playoffs seven times, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010.