Former UConn star Gabby Williams traded to LA Sparks, will remain on suspended list

Former UConn star Gabby Williams is headed to Los Angeles, though she will have to wait until next season to play for the Sparks. She will remain on the WNBA’s suspended list for the 2021 season as she honors her French National Team commitments, according to the Chicago Sky’s statement about the trade.

Williams was traded by the Sky to the Sparks for Stephanie Watts, the 10th pick of this season’s WNBA Draft out of North Carolina, and the rights to German national Leonie Fiebich.

“We’re excited to bring Gabby Williams into the LA Sparks organization,” General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher said in a release from the Sparks. “At just 24 years old, Gabby is a versatile player who still has the potential to make a major impact in this league. She fits into what we’re building in Los Angeles and we look forward to the future with her in a Sparks uniform.”

The former UConn star was placed on the full-season suspension list by the Chicago Sky on Thursday. Williams, who returned to the U.S. this week after finishing her season in Hungary, is on the French national team’s preliminary roster and there is speculation she will play this summer in the EuroBasket 2021 tournament ahead of the Olympics.

Williams leaves Chicago after playing three seasons for the Sky. She was selected fourth overall in the 2018 WNBA Draft. Williams helped lead UConn to a 148-3 record, four Final Four appearances, and back-to-back National Championships.

“We are pleased to announce that we have traded Gabby for Stephanie Watts and the rights to Leonie Fiebich,” said Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade. “We thank Gabby for all that she has done in a Sky uniform and we wish her well going forward. We are excited about the possibilities that come with having Stephanie with us and what she will bring to our team. Her activity and skill set have already been displayed with LA early on.”