Looking for more frontcourt depth with forward Jantel Lavender sidelined with what is likely a season-ending injury, the Sky signed free-agent Kayla Alexander to a seven-day contract, the team announced Thursday.
In order to make room for the 6-4 center, the Sky waived second-round pick Chloe Jackson.
Alexander, whom the Fever didn’t re-sign after last season, worked with coach James Wade during part of her five seasons with the San Antonio Stars, who relocated and rebranded as the Las Vegas Aces in 2018.
”I know how hard of a worker and how good of a teammate she is and will be with us,” Wade said in a statement. “Kayla is the ultimate pro.”
Jackson, the 15th overall in this year’s draft, was an athletic point guard, but her style of play didn’t fit in coach James Wade’s system. With Gabby Williams assuming the role as back-up point guard in place of Jameirra Faulkner — who is also on the team — Jackson didn’t have an opportunity to earn consistent minutes.
This season, Jackson played in only eight games, recording a combined five points, five steals, six rebounds and four assists.
“It’s a little surprising,” Jackson previously said of her lack of playing time. “I knew I wouldn’t be this star or starting, but I thought I could contribute a little more to the team this year.”
After the news broke, Jackson, who celebrated her 23rd birthday Wednesday, tweeted: “Everything happens for a reason.. (sic) never doubt it for a second.”
The Sky (16-11), who are fifth in the standings, have an opportunity to clinch their first playoff berth since 2016 as early as Thursday night. If the Fever or Wings lose their respective games, the Sky would officially be in.
Alexander would be eligible to play for the Sky in the postseason if the Sky choose to re-sign her after her weeklong deal expires.
The Sky will host former star Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics Friday at Wintrust Arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.