The Washington Mystics have signed twelve-year WNBA vet Essence Carson the team announced on Friday.
The addition to the roster comes after news of Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders’ decision to opt out of the 2020 season.
"This was not an easy choice to make, but after much thought and conversation I do believe it is what's best for my health and family," said Sanders following the announcement. "I wish my teammates and the entire Mystics family the best thing season and I will continue to watch and support them."
Carson brings experience and versatility on the defensive end of the floor to aid the reigning WNBA champs in 2020.
“We are excited to add Essence to our team,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault per release. “Her ability to play several positions and her veteran leadership will be a great addition. Above all, she is a proven winner.”
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Carson was originally drafted as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft by the New York Liberty where she would spend eight seasons and was named an All-Star in 2011. She had a three year stint with the Los Angeles Sparks winning a championship in 2016. In 2019, Carson played for the Phoenix Mercury
Carson has played a role in reaching the playoffs nine times during her career. The six-foot guard has averaged 6.3 points, 2.1 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game during her career.
The WNBA season is set to begin at the end of July and will be held at IMG Academy in Florida. It is unknown at this time if any Washington Mystics players will miss the 2020 season due to a medical opt-out.