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Kristi Toliver to join Dallas Mavericks coaching staff


Kristi Toliver has a new gig.

The Dallas Mavericks have hired the two-time WNBA champion as an assistant coach. Toliver previously spent parts of two seasons as an assistant on the Washington Wizards’ staff.

Toliver’s current contract with the Los Angeles Sparks runs through the 2022 season. The job would not impact her WNBA playing career.

Toliver, 34, has averaged 9.5 points and 2.9 assists in 16 games for the Sparks this season. The guard, in her 12th season in the WNBA, signed a three-year contract with the Sparks last year after winning a title with the Washington Mystics. She played her first games with the team this year after opting out of the 2020 bubble season.

Toliver tweeted on Thursday that she was “thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get to work.”