Dallas trades All-Star Liz Cambage to Las Vegas in huge WNBA deal

Las Vegas has landed Liz Cambage from Dallas in a trade that could reshape the balance of power in the WNBA.

The Aces acquired the two-time All-Star center while trading point guard Moriah Jefferson, forward Isabelle Harrison and their first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 to the Wings, the teams announced Thursday.

“The trade has finally happened, and the journey it took to get here will make a great story one day,” Aces president of basketball operations and coach Bill Laimbeer said in a statement. “Everyone in the Aces family is excited to welcome Liz to Las Vegas. She brings an attitude and physical presence that we need. There is no doubt about her physical ability, but what we respect most about her is her basketball IQ. That is what we are about.

“We had to give up some quality players and people to make this trade happen. I didn’t know Isabelle Harrison prior to this year’s training camp, and my first opportunity to coach her was a pleasure. She wants to learn, and I expect she will be a solid professional basketball player for many years to come. Moriah helped us launch our franchise last year, and the Aces appreciate all she did for us in connecting with our fans. Wings fans will love her.”

Cambage, 27, was the 2018 MVP runner-up to Breanna Stewart and led the league in scoring (23 ppg) and was second in rebounds (9.7). The 6-foot-8 Australian was selected No. 2 overall in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock.

She expressed early on she didn’t want to play in Tulsa, and after the 2011 season elected to stay in Australia to prepare with the Australian women’s team for the 2012 Olympics.

She returned to the U.S. in 2013 to play with the Shock, but that was her last WNBA season before last summer. 

Cambage signed with the Zheijang Chouzhou team in China in 2012 and went on to play for the Beijing Great Wall (2013-14) and Shanghai Swordfish (2015-16) before returning to Australia to play with Melbourne Boomers (2017-18).

In 2018 Cambage returned to the United States and signed a multi-year contract with the Wings (which used to be the Shock) and was one of the league’s biggest stars, scoring a league-record 53 points in a game against the Liberty last July. However, she requested a trade from the team in January.

Now Cambage will team with the No. 1 pick in last year’s WNBA Draft, A’ja Wilson, as the franchise attempts to make the playoffs for the first time in five years. 

Las Vegas will begin its regular season on May 26 against the Los Angeles Sparks.