WNBA star Candace Parker announces she will join Las Vegas Aces

WNBA star Candace Parker announced Saturday that she’s headed back west.

The forward-centre announced via her Instagram account that she is leaving the Chicago Sky and will join the defending-champion Las Vegas Aces.

“After evaluating the landscape together with my family, we’ve decided the Las Vegas Aces are the right organization for us at this point in our lives,” Parker said in her post.

The 36-year-old spent 13 of her 15-year career on the West Coast with the Los Angeles Sparks before inking a two-year deal with the Chicago Sky. She won a WNBA championship with the Sky in 2021.

“When I made the decision to go to Chicago in 2021, I made the decision to go home and be with my family in the place where it all began,” Parker said. “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to win a championship in my hometown and parade down the same streets I watched the Bulls parade down as a young girl first falling in love with the game of basketball.

“As I’ve gone through free agency this time around, of course I’m thinking of where I can compete for my third championship, but the words home and family are what I kept coming back to. No different than when I signed with Chicago.”

The two-time champion and two-time WNBA MVP averaged 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season with the Sky.

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