Candace Parker to play for hometown Chicago Sky after 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, sources say


Two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker is committed to play for the Chicago Sky after 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, sources told ESPN.

Parker, who was drafted at No. 1 in 2008, is an unrestricted free agent. Free-agent players can begin signing with their new teams on Monday.

While Sparks tried to retain the Defensive Player of the Year reign, which helped him win the WNBA title in 2016, he had the opportunity to return to his hometown of Chicago and play in front of friends and family for the final part of his career. He also appealed to pass it.

Parker, 34, played in all of Sparks’ 22 games in the 2020 season and finished third in MVP voting.

The 6-foot-4 forward is the only player in league history to win MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in a single season (2008).

She was also the WNBA MVP in 2013 and the Finals MVP in 2016. For his career, Parker scored 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds in the game.

Parker won two NCAA National Championships while living in Tennessee in 2007 and ’08.

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