LAS VEGAS (May 20, 2019)–“It was a bit of a journey, but I’m so grateful to be here,” Liz Cambage said in her opening statement at Monday’s introductory press conference.
The All-WNBA center arrived Sunday in Las Vegas in time to support her new teammates from the bench during their preseason contest against the Minnesota Lynx. The Aces acquired Cambage Thursday from the Dallas Wings in exchange for Moriah Jefferson, Isabelle Harrison and two draft picks.
Cambage requested a trade back in January. Aces president of basketball operations and head coach Bill Laimbeer knew from the outset that this was a deal he needed to pursue.
“As president, I immediately went and told [general manager] Dan [Padover], absolutely, we have to do this,” Laimbeer said. “We are Las Vegas. We do things big and over the top and there’s nothing like this lady right here. This is perfect or our team and our town.”
“When me and Bill sat down and looked at where we were at and where we wanted to go, we wanted to add another star,” Padover added. “And there’s no bigger star to add than Liz Cambage both from a national and a global perspective.