Carolyn Swords announced her retirement from the WNBA and accepted a front office position with the Las Vegas Aces at the end of February.
And in less than three months, she will return to the court.
Swords was re-signed by the Las Vegas Aces as the team announced Tuesday on social media and also waived Avery Warley-Talbert and Lauren Manis.
OFFICIAL: Welcome back, @CarolynSwords! Las Vegas Aces General Manager Dan Padover announced today that the team has re-signed eight-year @WNBA veteran center Carolyn Swords, and waived Avery Warley-Talbert and Lauren Manis.
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) May 19, 2020
"As we continue to look at the makeup of our team in 2020, we felt like Carolyn was the best fit for a role we needed to fill," said Aces Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Bill Laimbeer per release. "Carolyn was happy to jump back into our franchise as a player, and as she always has been, will continue to be a team player."
Swords had planned to retire and pursue a new role with the franchise in the front office, but key offseason moves and the decision of six-foot-five center JiSu Park not returning this year surely played a role in the turn of events.
The six-foot-six center will begin her ninth season in the WNBA. Swords was originally drafted by the Chicago Sky as the No. 15 pick in the 2011 draft. She has stints in Chicago, New York and Seattle during her career. She has averaged 3.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and shot 54-percent from the field during her career. In her past two years with the Aces, Swords has appeared in 55 games.