Las Vegas Aces star Candace Parker will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in her left foot, the team announced late Monday night.
The two-time WNBA MVP has been playing on the fracture throughout the season. But after consulting with doctors, surgery stood as “the only option” for Parker to return to full heath and to avoid further injury, according to Parker and the team.
“I’ll work my way towards being healthy as soon as possible,” Parker said in an Instagram story. “For my teammates, for my circle, for my family, for myself.”
The 37-year-old had missed the last five games for the league-leading Aces (21-2). Before that, she started in the first 18 games of the season for the Aces, averaging 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The team had remained relatively quiet on her status over the last few weeks, though star forward A’ja Wilson spoke about her absence.
“She’s definitely going to be missed a lot,” Wilson said last week. “We’ve got to step up.”
Parker joined the Aces in the offseason on a one-year deal, reportedly signing at a steep discount to play for the defending WNBA champions. She immediately became a key member of the starting lineup for the superteam.
For Parker, who is — by her own admission — nearing the end of her storied career, the Aces provided a place on a competitive roster capable of a title run. Even without Parker, Las Vegas still has a championship-caliber team. But the question becomes whether the Aces will need to plan for a playoffs without their top free-agent signing.
Medical update on Candace Parker. pic.twitter.com/0QE3J73EMP— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) July 25, 2023
Medical update on Candace Parker. pic.twitter.com/0QE3J73EMP