Sparks re-signs veteran wing Seimone Augustus

The Sparks have re-signed 15-year veteran Seimone Augustus, who contributed 5.9 points while shooting 54.5% from 3-point range in her first season with the team.

Augustus, who helped the Minnesota Lynx win four WNBA titles, played in 21 games during the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic. The 6-foot forward / guard shot 49.1% from the field as he stabilized the second unit with his « invaluable leadership experience, » coach Derek Fisher said in a statement released by the team.

« She brings efficient outside shots, group scoring and an elite basketball IQ on both ends of the court that will be important to us next season, » added Fisher, who is also the general manager of the Sparks. « We are excited that he is continuing his historic career in Los Angeles. »

Augustus, who will turn 37 before the season begins, is an eight-time All-Star who was selected No. 1 overall by the Lynx in the 2006 WNBA draft. The former college player of the year outside of Louisiana State is ranked 10th in the WNBA career with 6,005 points. She is also a three-time Olympic champion.

« I am very excited to continue my career in Los Angeles and build on what we started last season, » Augustus said in a statement provided by the Sparks. “This organization is full of young and veteran players ready to compete and grow as a team. I am motivated to help lead this group into the next era of Sparks basketball.

The Sparks have 13 players on the roster, although All-Star forward Nneka Ogwumike needs to re-sign. The Sparks designated her as their « main » player, giving them exclusive negotiating rights.

The team lost three of its five unrestricted free agents this month to Chelsea Gray, Candace Parker and Riquna Williams.

The Sparks added center Amanda Zahui B., point guard Erica Wheeler and wing Bria Holmes in free agency, while re-signing restricted free agent guard Brittney Sykes.

The other unrestricted free agent from the team on last season’s roster is forward Reshanda Gray, who was hired as a last-minute substitute for Chiney Ogwumike, whose contract expired while she was out of the 2020 season, but the Sparks keep the exclusive bargaining rights.