Sue Bird says idea of playing in new Storm arena is ‘very tempting’

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Sue Bird isn’t ready to call it quits just yet. The Seattle Storm guard played it coy on Monday, saying that the prospect of returning to Seattle’s new Climate Pledge Arena for her 19th WNBA season is “very tempting.”

Bird appeared as a guest on Monday night’s edition of ESPN’s ManningCast during Monday Night Football. When asked on whether she had decided on retirement, Bird spoke positively about being honored at the Seattle Kraken’s home opener on Saturday night in Climate Pledge Arena.

“I don’t know,” Bird said. “Luckily our free agency doesn’t start for a while, so I get some time to think.

“We just opened a new arena here in Seattle, and I happened to be in there for the opening of the Kraken game. And… it was tempting. The thoughts of playing there were very tempting. I’ll leave you with that.”

When the Storm’s season ended in the playoffs in September, Bird was noncommittal as chants of “One more year!” rang out in the arena.

The Storm are set to begin play in Climate Pledge Arena next season.