Australian Shyla Heal says she will use her WNBA setback as motivation and come back a better player in the future.
Heal was on Wednesday traded by the Chicago Sky to the Dallas Wings just two months after she was Chicago's first-round draft pick. The Sky traded Heal and draft assets to Dallas in exchange for Dana Evans, before the 19-year-old Australian was then immediately released by the Wings after the trade.
Heal had played just four games for the Sky, averaging two points per game and 2.5 turnovers in 7.8 minutes of play.
Heal didn't play in the Sky's buzzer-beating loss to the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night and was cut at the airport as the team prepared for a road trip.
Taking to Twitter to express her disappointment, Heal lamented a late arrival to the United States for the Sky's preseason, which in turn resulted in a lack of workouts with her teammates prior to the season tip-off.
But Heal said she would retain a "positive mindset" and still had much to prove, having had just a tiny taste of life in the WNBA.
Heal's father Shane, who represented the Boomers in four Olympic Games, had earlier tweeted that it was a "tough break".
"Tough break for Shyla. Was traded and waived today. 2 practice sessions & 20 odd mins. The team lost 5 straight home games so they cut 2 first round picks. Great experience that will make her even tougher. It's a business there. Super proud & know she will kill it there," Heal wrote.
Heal added that the manner of the axing was "character building".
"I luv her resilience. Being 19 & sitting in an apartment alone in Chicago is tough too. She will be ok. Lots of people going thru more difficult things in life. We appreciate the support," Heal senior said.
One of the youngest players in the WNBA draft, Heal was taken with the eighth overall pick.
Sky coach and general manager James Wade believed she could have an immediate impact given she had played in the WNBL since she was 14.
But Heal was unable to participate in the Sky's training camp due to a delay with her visa application and only joined the team two weeks ago, which put her on the back foot heading into the season.
Heal averaged 16.7 points and 3.4 assists per game for Townsville in the WNBL last season.
Not selected in Australia's Olympic team, Heat will suit up for Sydney Uni Flames for the WNBL season later this year.