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Candace Parker re-signs with Aces on one-year deal

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Candace Parker supports the Las Vegas Aces from the sidelines during Game 1 of the 2023 WNBA Finals. (David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images)

Candace Parker is returning to the Las Vegas Aces on a one-year deal.

The Winsidr’s Rachel Galligan was the first to report the news.

This will be Parker’s 17th season in the WNBA after she was drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2008. She was with the Sparks until 2020, when she joined the Chicago Sky, leading the franchise to its first WNBA championship.

She then signed with the Las Vegas Aces as a free agent in 2023, but played just 18 games last season due to a fractured foot, which she had surgery to repair in July.

While there’s been much speculation about Parker retiring, Parker has remained adamant about playing another season if she’s healthy.

“I’m coming off a foot surgery. If I’m healthy, I’m going to play. But I’m not going to play in pain anymore,” she told GMA in November.

“The game of basketball is in amazing hands regardless. If you see NCAA women, if you see the WNBA, the level that these young ladies are taking the game to is exciting and I’m just happy that now we have the visibility and the platform to do it.”