2004 WNBA draft
The Draft 2004
In September 2003, Gund explained that his company wanted to retire from the WNBA business. Since no new owner could be found for the team, the Cleveland Rockers had to adjust their game operation, so the players could be drafted on January 6 in a Dispersal Draft by the other teams in the league.
The WNBA Draft was held on 17 April 2004 in NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, United States instead. As a first pick, the Mercury moved the American Diana Taurasi. After Washington chose the second place Alana Beard, followed by Nicole Powell in third place. Overall, the 13 franchises secured the rights to 38 players. The lion's share with over three quarters of all players presented the United States.