The Los Angeles Sparks sent a bit of a shock wave into the WNBA community with the signing of veteran Seimone Augustus.
Augustus is a four-time WNBA Champion and an eight-time All-Star. She was drafted as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx and had spent her entire 14-year pro career with the franchise. She is a long-time member of USA Basketball as a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
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"In Seimone Augustus we're adding another player that has won at every level and understands what it takes to compete for a championship," said Managing Partner Eric Holoman per release. "Her resume speaks for itself and her leadership and experience will fit seamlessly into our team-first culture."
The six-foot guard has averaged 16 points per game in her career and currently ranks as the 11th leading scorer in WNBA history headed into the 2020 season.
"Seimone Augustus is a player I have admired from a distance throughout her illustrious career," said Los Angeles Sparks Head Coach Derek Fisher. "She is a leader, fierce competitor and winner. We are excited to work with her and have her join our group as we continue to build towards the vision we have for our 2020 season."
Fans and long-time WNBA faithful haven't forgotten the rivalry between Los Angeles and Minnesota. Does it bother Augustus? It doesn't seem so.
"Through our intense playoff battles and my time with Team USA, I have come to know the Sparks character and commitment to winning," said Augustus. "I am excited to join friends who are now teammates and chase another championship."
The Sparks have arguably had one of the most active and aggressive offseasons in the league with key additions in Brittney Sykes from the Atlanta Dream, Kristi Toliver from the Washington Mystics and now Augustus to go along with their already star-studded roster.