Thursday, June 21, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.