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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Dearica Hamby #5 of the Las Vegas Aces speaks during the team's WNBA championship victory parade and rally on the Las Vegas Strip on September 20, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Aces defeated the Connecticut Sun on Sunday in Game Four of the 2022 WNBA Playoffs finals to win the 2022 title. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. ( [Ethan Miller] via Getty Images

In a move that’s seemingly unexpected to most observers, the defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces on Saturday traded forward Dearica Hamby to the L.A. Sparks. In return, the Aces get a second round draft pick in 2024 and the rights to forward Amanda Zahui B.

Hamby has been with the Aces since 2018 but she was a member of the San Antonio team that moved to Vegas and became the Aces. She was a first round draft pick out of Wake Forest in 2015.

The trade is puzzling because Hamby just signed a two year contract extension with Vegas last June, and she announced during the Aces championship parade that she was pregnant. She said in a statement that she has been treated by the Aces in an “unprofessional and unethical way that … has been traumatizing.” She added that “Being traded is part of the business. Being lied to, bullied, manipulated, and discriminated against is not.”

Hamby was a big part of the Aces team; she was a two two time Sixth Player of the Year and a two time All Star. Last season she averaged nine points and seven rebounds a game.

The Aces have only released a statement from general manager Natalie Williams regarding the trade, saying “Dearica has dedicated eight years of her career to this organization, and played a big role in our success since the team moved to Las Vegas. We’re going to miss her as a teammate, and are grateful for all of her contributions to the Aces over the years.”

The WNBA Players Association has said that they will “seek a comprehensive investigation” to ensure that Hamby’s rights under the 2020 labor agreement weren’t violated.

The Aces open the regular season on May 20.

Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.