Just a day after Kristi Toliver and Chiney Ogwumike opted out of the 2020 WNBA season, the Los Angeles Sparks have signed Reshanda Gray the team announced today.
“We appreciate Reshanda Gray embracing this opportunity to join the Sparks as we prepare for the 2020 season in Florida,” said Managing Partner Eric Holoman per release. “Reshanda is a respected teammate and professional who will fit seamlessly into our culture.”
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The Los Angeles native played collegiately for California and was originally drafted as the No. 16 overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2015 WNBA draft. Following a stink with the Atlanta Dream until 2016, Gray was signed to the New York Liberty in 2019 averaging 5.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15 minutes per game. The six-foot-two forward holds professional overseas experience in Italy and South Korea.
“Coaching against Reshanda last year, her aggressiveness in the paint was obvious,” said Sparks head coach Derek Fisher. “She is a willing rebounder and has developed a good repertoire of post moves. We know she is someone who will mesh with our group and we’re excited to add her to the roster.”
Gray has been talked about as one of the most talented free agents available headed into 2020. Her return to her home team certainly helps with the loss of Chiney Ogwumike inside. The Sparks roster is now at 11 and are expected to announce their next addition in the next few days.
The WNBA season is scheduled to start at the end of July and the 22-game season will be held at IMG Academy in Florida.