Minnesota Lynx agree to buyout with Angel McCoughtry

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The Minnesota Lynx have agreed to a contract buyout with forward Angel McCoughtry, the team announced Thursday.

The 35-year-old forward signed with the team in February after missing the 2021 season with a torn ACL in her right knee.

In her career, she has averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. In two games this season with the Lynx, she averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 10.0 minutes per game.

“Although the organization has been very patient with my injury and helping me heal my body, sometimes it’s about what fits best for both parties,” McCoughtry said in a statement.

“I believe in myself and I know I will be all the way back to perform at the highest level. To my fans, thanks for your support during this time. It’s because of your support that I’ll be back and ready to give the game all I got.”

Also on Thursday, the Lynx mutually parted ways with Odyssey Sims, just over a week after signing the veteran guard to a training camp contract. In further roster moves, they released Rennia Davis, Nina Milić and Yvonne Turner from their hardship contracts.

A 12-year veteran in the WNBA, McCoughtry ranks 15th all-time in scoring and eighth in points per game (18.6).

The former Rookie of the Year led the WNBA in scoring in 2012 and 2013 while playing for the Atlanta Dream. She also led the Dream to three WNBA Finals appearances (2010, 2011, 2013) and holds the finals record for points in a game (38) and playoff game (42).

Additionally, McCoughtry is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, having played for Team USA in 2012 and 2016.

Last year, McCoughtry was named to “The W25,” which honored the 25 best players in WNBA history.