NEW YORK – Diana Taurasi is staying in Phoenix whereas Alysha Clark is heading throughout the nation to affix the Washington Mystics.
Each signed multiyear contracts on Monday, the primary day WNBA free brokers might formally ink offers. Candace Parker additionally signed with the Sky, returning house to Chicago after spending her whole profession in Los Angeles since she was drafted first in 2008.
Not like Parker, there was no real expectation the 38-year-old Taurasi would leave the staff that drafted her No. 1 in 2004.
“As I’ve stated earlier than, so long as Diana needs to play within the WNBA, we would like her in a Mercury uniform. She is the guts of our franchise, the primary face on our Mount Rushmore, one of the best winner and competitor within the ladies’s sport,” Mercury normal supervisor Jim Pitman stated. “The trajectory of our group modified the day we drafted her 17 years in the past, and we’re excited she might be right here into the longer term.”
Clark helped the Seattle Storm win a title this previous season, her second with the franchise.
“Alysha Clark is the last word competitor and winner. She is ready to impression the sport at each ends of the courtroom in addition to present unbelievable management within the locker room,” Mystics coach and GM Mike Thibault stated. “There aren’t many gamers as well-respected across the league as she is. She contributes to each section of the sport — an All-Defensive Workforce participant, a league chief in 3-point capturing, a terrific passer and post-up risk. She completely suits our fashion of play. Her new teammates and employees are excited to get on the courtroom together with her quickly!”
She’s coming off one in all her finest seasons, averaging 10 factors, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals and capturing 55.8% from the sector. Clark additionally led the WNBA in 3-point subject aim proportion (52.2) for the second consecutive season.
“The love I’ve acquired since making my choice has been actually wonderful. Change isn’t simple however having teammates and a corporation excited to have you ever be part of their household makes it higher,” Clark stated. “I’m actually wanting ahead to exploring D.C. and creating new reminiscences with my teammates and the followers!”
Different strikes on Monday included Cheyenne Parker signing with Atlanta and Jantel Lavender staying with the Indiana Fever. Minnesota signed Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa whereas Las Vegas re-signed Dearica Hamby, the reigning Sixth Lady of the 12 months.
Cheyenne Parker is coming off a profession season through which she averaged 13.4 factors, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per sport for Chicago. She began 13 of the 20 video games she performed in.
“We focused Cheyenne for 2 causes: one, her capability to complete on the rim, and two, her capability to knock down the three,” Atlanta coach Nicki Collen stated. “Cheyenne has proven development in her sport yr after yr and we imagine will solely proceed to get higher. Her toughness, need to compete, and her joyful angle will solely strengthen our roster. I’m thrilled she selected Atlanta.”
Lavender was acquired by the Fever through commerce from Chicago on Aug. 28, together with second and third-round picks on this yr’s draft.
“We’re extraordinarily excited to formally welcome Jantel to our staff,” Indiana vice chairman of basketball operations and normal supervisor Tamika Catchings stated. “Her expertise on championship-caliber groups and the vitality that she portrays each on and off the ground might be important to our staff.”
The 6-foot-4 ahead underwent surgical procedure on the fifth metatarsal in her left foot earlier than final season and missed the yr. She signed a multiyear deal Monday.
Allisha Grey re-signed with the Dallas Wings. Grey was the league’s rookie of the yr in 2017. She averaged a career-high 13.1 factors final season. Seattle is also bringing again guard Epiphanny Prince.
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