GAC grad Baker traded to LA Sparks

Greater Atlanta Christian grad Sherill Baker is switching coasts after being traded Wednesday from the WNBA's New York Liberty to the Los Angeles Sparks.

Baker, a former All-SEC guard at Georgia, had played sparingly this season for New York, averaging 1.7 points in just 4.3 minutes of action. The 5-foot-8 guard played in only three games for the 6-4 team, which acquired guard Lisa Willis in the trade with Los Angeles.

"We think the trade is good for both teams - it will allow Lisa to gain more playing time in New York and Sherill Baker is a dynamic and explosive guard who I think everybody in Los Angeles will be excited to watch play," Sparks general manager Penny Toler said in a statement.

Baker was the 12th overall pick by New York in the 2006 WNBA Draft - Willis was the fifth selection in that same draft.

Willis has averaged 2.3 points in 9.6 minutes per game this season.

Although she's off to a slow start this year, Baker averaged 7.4 points in 34 games as a rookie last season. She averaged 17.9 minutes in 2006.

By joining the Sparks, Baker is reunited with former Georgia teammate and fellow Gwinnett grad Christi Thomas, a former Buford star. Thomas averages 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds for 5-4 Los Angeles.

- The Associated Press contributed to this story.