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Defending champion Storm re-sign Sue Bird

Field Level Media
03 Mar 2021, 03:19 GMT+10

Four-time WNBA champion Sue Bird is returning to the Seattle Storm for an 18th season, the team announced.

The Storm, per team policy, didn't disclose terms of the contract.

"Sue Bird has been synonymous with Storm basketball for two decades, leading this franchise to four WNBA championships," said Alisha Valavanis, the team's CEO and general manager, in a news release. "She is not only one of the best to ever play the game but one of the most important leaders in it. She has been integral in the growth of the league and its impact off the court. We are thrilled she'll be back to lead the Storm this season."

Bird was the No. 1 pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft after winning two NCAA titles at UConn. She missed the 2013 and 2019 seasons with knee issues.

She is the longest-tenured player in the WNBA and leads the league in career assists (2,888) and games played (519). She is the Storm's franchise leader in points (6,262) and steals (659).

"Seattle and the Storm franchise have been home for my entire career," Bird, 40, said. "This is a special team and I'm looking forward to getting back on the court with them as well as representing this great city and our amazing fans."

Bird averaged 9.8 points, 5.2 assists and 1.7 rebounds last year and shot 49.4 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from 3-point-range. She has career averages of 12.1 points and 5.6 assists per game.

The Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces to win the WNBA championship in the shortened 2020 season.

--Field Level Media

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