Heal dumped from WNBA after four games

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Young Australian basketball star Shyla Heal has vowed to use her brutal WNBA axing as motivation, saying the setback will only make her work harder.

The Sky traded 2021 first-round pick Heal and draft assets to the Dallas Wings in exchange for Dana Evans.

Heal was then immediately released by the Wings after the trade.

The 19-year-old had played just four games for the Sky, averaging two points and 2.5 turnovers in 7.8 minutes per game.

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.

Heal tweeted that while it was disappointing, she would use the experience to come back a better player.

"This setback is exactly what I needed. Not many 19-year-olds get a taste of the best league in the world, if at all ... and now I've never been so motivated," she tweeted.

"I can't wait to show people what I can really do."

Her basketball legend father Shane Heal, a four-time Olympian, also expected her to bounce back quickly from the experience.

"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 senior wrote.

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.

Another Australian great Chris Anstey, who played in the NBA, put the blame on squarely on Wade and the Sky, calling the WNBA club a "mess".

"I'll be a little more direct than others - the @chicagosky drafting and then cutting a 19yo for lack of experience is horses*** as a GM, as a coach, as an organisation and even more so, as human beings," Anstey tweeted.

"Chicago's general manager, is also its head coach - and the Sky also don't have an assistant GM. Chicago are a mess, and it all falls on James Wade."

Heal averaged 16.7 points and 3.4 assists per game for Townsville in the WNBL last season, and will suit up for Sydney Uni Flames for a domestic campaign.