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Stewart trades Bird in the WNBA All-Star Draft

Breanna Stewart traded Saturday for her Seattle teammate Sue Bird in the WNBA All-Star Draft.

Bird was slated to co-captain with Aeja Wilson before Stewart pulled out of the deal to acquire Bird for Sylvia Fowles. Byrd and Foles are set to retire at the end of the season and were named co-captains along with Stewart and Wilson.

“We can do legend for legend. Well, I get that. I’m good with it,” said Wilson. ‘I feel good about it. We’re back on track. That’s a good one. was.”

The Birds will play their record 13th All-Star Game in Chicago on July 10. Fouls would be his eighth.

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Stewart also acquired Neneka Ogwumike for Sabrina Ionescu in a separate trade with Wilson.

Wilson made first choice in the draft and picked Candace Parker, who would play in front of her home fans. The Las Vegas star then picked Aces teammate Kelsey Plum with his second pick. Stewart drafted third Las Vegas starter Jackie Young with his first pick and Johnquail Jones with his second pick.

Stewart took the first pick in the reserve round and selected his Seattle teammate Jewel Lloyd. Stewart also drafted Kahleh Copper, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Alyssa Thomas, Eric Ogunbowale and Emma Messeman.

Wilson picked rookie Rhine Howard with his first pick of All-Star reserve. Howard is the only rookie in the game. The co-captain then selected his Aces teammate Dierika Hamby. Wilson also drafted Courtney Vandersloot, Ariel Atkins, Briana Jones and Natasha Howard.

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The WNBA switched to the team captain format in 2018.

Ionescu, Plum, Howard and Young will play in their first All-Star Game.

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