Washington Mystics Team History
The Washington Mystics were one of the first WNBA expansion franchises to be established. Two teams were added in 1998 (Detroit and Washington) and two more in 1999 (Orlando and Minnesota), bringing the number of teams in the league up to twelve.
During the 2016–17 off-season, the Mystics were busy in the trade market. With enough trade assets, they were determined to make a trade for a superstar player. First, on January 30, the team executed a three-way deal with the New York Liberty and Seattle Storm, sending Bria Hartley and Kia Vaughn to the Liberty and receiving the Storm’s #6 pick in the 2017 draft. This proved the prelude to an even larger deal as it freed up cap space to land a superstar on their team. Officially announced on February 2, the Mystics traded Kahleah Copper, Stefanie Dolson and the second overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft to the Chicago Sky in exchange for 2015 league MVP Elena Delle Donne.
The Washington Mystics are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded prior to the 1998 season. The team is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (led by Ted Leonsis), which also owns the Mystics’ NBA counterpart, the Washington Wizards. Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of BET and ex-wife of Charlotte Sting owner Robert L. Johnson, is the managing partner.
1998 – Present / Women’s National Basketball Association
1998 – Present / Washington Mystics
Mystics – The Mystics nickname piggy back on the NBA counterpart Washington Wizards, going along with theme of wizardry.
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2019 - Present / St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena
1998 – 2018 / Capital One Arena
2005 – Present / Monumental Sports & Entertainment/Ted Leonsis
1998 – 2005 / Abe Pollin
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