MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – Minnesota Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve today announced that the team has traded the player contract of Odyssey Sims, the exclusive negotiating rights to Temi Fagbenle, Minnesota’s own 2022 first round pick and Minnesota’s own 2022 third round pick to Indiana in exchange for Indiana’s own 2022 second round pick.
Sims, 27, spent the past two seasons with Minnesota, seeing her best season come in 2019 where she held averages of 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 34 games (all starts). Sims began her career with Tulsa (now the Dallas Wings), having been selected by the Shock with the second overall pick of the 2014 WNBA Draft. In 203 career games (159 starts) with Tulsa, Dallas, Los Angeles and Minnesota, Sims holds career averages of 12.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 29.1 minutes per game. She has appeared in 17 postseason games, averaging 14.0 points and 3.8 assists in 30.9 minutes per game.
Prior to the WNBA, the 5-8 guard played at Baylor, where as a sophomore she was a member of the 2012 NCAA champions and scored 19 points in the Bears’ title-game victory over Notre Dame. She finished her career as a two-time All-American and National Freshman of the Year, while ranking first in school history in three-pointers made (258), second in assists (641), second in steals (331) and third in total points (2,533).
Fagbenle spent three seasons with Minnesota, holding career averages of 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds and 9.3 minutes in 69 games (two starts). The 2016 third round (35th overall) draft pick by Minnesota saw her best season in 2019 where she played in 18 games and averaged 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds. She made three straight WNBA Playoffs appearances with the Lynx, playing in four total games. Her WNBA postseason career was highlighted by a WNBA Championship in 2017, when the Lynx defeated the Los Angeles Sparks.