Fever Trades Alison Bales to Atlanta, for 6-2 Forward Kristen Mann
July 4, 2008
Indiana Fever center Alison Bales has been traded to the Atlanta Dream, in exchange for four-year veteran Kristen Mann.
Mann, a 6-2 forward who was chosen by the Dream in the 2008 Expansion Draft, was originally a first-round pick (11th overall) of the Minnesota Lynx in 2005. The former Big West Conference Player of the Year out of UC Santa Barbara, Mann averaged career highs of 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game with the Lynx last season. She was a 33-game starter in her second pro season in 2006, and a 17-game starter in 2007.
Currently averaging 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds through 13 games and eight starts with the Dream, she is expected to fill a reserve roll behind Fever power forward Ebony Hoffman. Bales, a 6-7 center from Duke and the Feverís top draft pick in 2007, has played sparingly in two seasons in Indiana. She averaged 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds during her rookie season, and 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds through 14 games this season.