Liz Cambage signs with Los Angeles Sparks

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Liz Cambage has signed with the Los Angeles Sparks, weeks after it was reported that she had “verbally committed” to play for the team.

In five seasons in the WNBA, Cambage is a four-time WNBA All-Star (2011, 2018, 2019, 2021). Through those five seasons, she’s averaged 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.

“The Sparks organization is ecstatic to partner with a dynamic person and player in Liz Cambage who will elevate the franchise on and off the court,” General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher said. “At her best, Liz is the most dominant women’s basketball player in the world. She scores efficiently inside, can stretch the floor, and is a good passer. She’s also one of the league’s best rim protectors and rebounds at a high level. The addition of Liz, along with our other offseason moves, puts us in a position to compete for a WNBA championship.”

The No. 2 overall draft pick in 2011 by the Tulsa Shock, Cambage played in 2011 and 2013 for Tulsa before leaving to play overseas in China. She then returned to the WNBA in 2018 and had one of her best seasons in the WNBA. That season, she was named to the First-Team All-WNBA team and was named the WNBA’s scoring champion, averaging 23.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. She finished second in MVP voting.

Cambage was also named Second-Team All-WNBA in 2019 and was a member of the All-Rookie Team in 2011.

The center also holds the record for most points in a WNBA game, having scored 53 points as a member of the Dallas Wings on July 17, 2018.

“It’s always been my dream to wear the Purple & Gold and play in LA,” Cambage said. “This is an incredible opportunity to compete for a championship alongside Nneka, Kristi, and a deep, talented team. I’m grateful to Coach Fisher and the Sparks ownership group for their player-first approach and commitment to winning on and off the court. I’m ready to pour everything I have into this team and the legendary Sparks fans.”

Chennedy Carter, who was traded to the Sparks from the Atlanta Dream, said teaming with Cambage would be akin to having ‘Kobe and Shaq‘ back in LA.