WNBA contract extension roundup: Sabrina Ionescu, Jackie Young and more

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Teams across the league are extending the contracts of their biggest stars as the WNBA regular season gets underway.

The New York Liberty reportedly has exercised Sabrina Ionescu’s fourth-year rookie scale option, according to Rachel Galligan of Winsidr. The guard, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Liberty in 2020, is averaging 18.8 points, five rebounds and five assists through four games this season.

The Las Vegas Aces announced Sunday that the team had signed Jackie Young to a contract extension. Young, drafted in 2019 with the No. 1 overall pick, is averaging 17.8 points per game to start the regular season behind 55.6 percent shooting.

“We are extremely excited to announce that Jackie has re-signed with the Aces!” general manager Natalie Williams in a statement. “She is a true professional, and a beast of a defender who is constantly proving that she is one of the premier guards in the league.”

The Los Angeles Sparks announced Katie Lou Samuelson’s one-year contract extension Sunday, which will keep her with the team through 2023. Samuelson joined the Sparks in 2022 via an offseason trade with the Seattle Storm.

“We’re excited to have Katie Lou be an important part of our group moving forward,” said general manager and head coach Derek Fisher. “Katie Lou is coming off her best season in the WNBA coupled with a strong overseas season in Spain. She can stretch the floor and guard multiple positions, and will be a great teammate and presence in our locker room.”

The Minnesota Lynx signed Jessica Shepard to a multi-year contract extension Sunday, with the terms of the deal not released. Shepard averaged 10.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in Minnesota’s four losses to start the season.