This has been one of the most wild WNBA free agency periods we've ever seen, jam-packed with unpredictable moves and drama left and right. But one thing felt for certain: Sue Bird would return to the Seattle Storm.
The official announcement came early Tuesday morning when Storm did re-sign the three-time WNBA champion who has spent her entire 18-year career in Seattle.
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"It's no secret how I feel about the city of Seattle and the Storm franchise. I am a lifer and to be able to re-sign is extremely exciting," said Bird following the announcement. "I am looking forward to getting back on the court with with my teammates and playing in front of our amazing fans."
Sue Bird joined the Storm 18 years ago after being selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. During her career, Bird has led the franchise to three WNBA championships, been named an All-Star eleven times and is also a four-time Olympic gold medalist.
"The thing about Sue Bird is that she elevates everything she touches to a championship level," said Seattle Storm CEO and General Manager Alisha Valavanis. "Whether it is leader the Storm, USA Basketball or her fearless pursuit of equality, Sue expects greatness from herself and others. This is exactly why she is an icon not just for Seattle but for the country. We are thrilled to have her lead us again."
Bird is the franchise leader in points, assists, field goals and steals. She has averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 assists, shot 85-percent from the free throw line and 31.8 minutes per game during her career. She has out for the 2019 season to recover from injury but is fully expected to return to the court for 2020 along with former MVP Breanna Stewart.