After 13 seasons in Los Angeles playing for the Sparks, WNBA star Candace Parker is coming home. The two-time league MVP, who became a free agent this offseason, has committed to play for the Chicago Sky, according to an ESPN report.
WNBA teams can officially begin signing free agents on Monday.
Parker — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft who grew up in nearby Naperville, Illinois — led the Sparks to a WNBA title in 2016 and finished third in this past season’s MVP voting, in addition to winning the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
The 6-4 forward, who is the only player in league history to win MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season (2008), has averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds a game over her pro career.
In the 2020 season — played in what was known as the “wubble” in Bradenton, Florida — Parker averaged 14.7 points, a league-best 9.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists while parenting her 11-year-old daughter Lailaa, who was with her at IMG Academy. She also served as an NBA analyst, following a multi-year extension with Turner Sports in 2019.
Parker, now 34, has a pair of Olympic gold medals to her credit as a member of Team USA. She also won two national championships at the University of Tennessee in 2007 and 2008.