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Sparks finalizing one-year deal with Jordin Canada in free agency

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The Los Angeles Sparks are finalizing a one-year deal with two-time WNBA champion Jordin Canada, bringing the Los Angeles native home, sources tell Just Women’s Sports.

The Seattle Storm rescinded Canada’s qualifying offer over the weekend, making the 5-foot-6 point guard an unrestricted free agent. The protected contract she’s signing with the Sparks is worth $98,000 in 2022, according to sources.

Canada spent the last four seasons with the Seattle Storm after the team selected her with the fifth overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft. She averaged 7.2 points, 4.1 assists, 1.3 steals in 21.7 minutes per game with the Storm, primarily serving as the team’s sixth woman outside of the 2019 season, when she started 29 of 30 games.

To go along with her two championship rings in 2018 and 2020, the 2019 WNBA steals leader and All-Defensive First Team member brings experience, poise and a high basketball IQ to the Sparks after backing up Sue Bird for the last four years. Canada knows how to defend, how to run an offense and how to win.

Canada, who grew up in Los Angeles and played college basketball at UCLA, will join a reloading Sparks team that has been highly aggressive in free agency.

Last week, the Sparks traded Gabby Williams to the Storm for Katie Lou Samuelson and the No. 9 pick in this year’s draft, opening up significant cap space for additional major signings. Los Angeles then traded Erica Wheeler, a 2022 No. 15 pick and a 2023 first-round pick to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for Chennedy Carter and the rights to 6-7 post player Li Yueru.

The package deals created enough cap space for the Sparks to officially court star center Liz Cambage, who reportedly “verbally committed” to play for Los Angeles over the weekend.

Rachel Galligan is a basketball analyst at Just Women’s Sports. A former professional basketball player and collegiate coach, she also contributes to Winsidr. Follow Rachel on Twitter @RachGall.