Candace Parker took a steep discount to join the Las Vegas Aces, Her Hoops Stats’ Richard Cohen reported Wednesday.
The two-time WNBA MVP officially inked her deal with the Aces on the opening day of the signing period Wednesday. Parker had made an average annual salary of $192,500 during her last two seasons with the Chicago Sky, but she signed a one-year, $100,000 contract with Las Vegas, sources told Cohen.
By bringing in a top-tier talent in Parker well below market value, the Aces leave themselves salary cap space to add to an already stacked lineup.
Las Vegas won the 2022 WNBA title with MVP A’ja Wilson, Finals MVP Chelsea Gray, All-Star Game MVP Kelsey Plum and Most Improved Player Jackie Young in the starting lineup. Now the team has added a two-time champion and seven-time All-Star to the mix.
“Candace is a future Hall of Famer, a proven champion, and most importantly, an incredible woman,” general manager Natalie Williams said in a statement. “She is a talented play maker, an exceptional leader, and an invaluable piece toward our quest for another championship title. We look forward to welcoming Candace and her family to Las Vegas.”
Adding another 𝗔𝗖𝗘 to the deck ♠️It's 𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 - we have signed Candace Parker.Welcome to Las Vegas, @Candace_Parker! #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/eOkHLx88GP— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) February 1, 2023
Adding another 𝗔𝗖𝗘 to the deck ♠️It's 𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 - we have signed Candace Parker.Welcome to Las Vegas, @Candace_Parker! #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/eOkHLx88GP
The Aces also signed Alysha Clark, herself a two-time WNBA champion, and Cayla George, a four-time champion in Australia’s WNBL, further bolstering their roster.
Parker spent the first 13 seasons of her career with the Los Angeles Sparks, winning a title in 2016, before she left to join her hometown Sky for the last two seasons. She helped lead them to a championship in 2021.
The 36-year-old forward will look to win another title with Las Vegas.
“Three definitely sounds better than two,” she said on NBA TV earlier this week. “But we know the process to get there. There are a lot of teams that I’ve been on that have looked great on paper, but you’ve got to do the work.”