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Amid Liz Cambage’s Sparks exit, Amanda Zahui B. is ‘at peace’ overseas

Amanda Zahui B. is on the Sparks’ full-season suspension list due to her overseas obligations. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Amanda Zahui B. knows her name “is clearly in the mix” in recent reports of Liz Cambage’s rocky tenure with the Los Angeles Sparks, but she spoke out Wednesday via Twitter, writing that she is “at peace” overseas.

Zahui B.’s Twitter thread came one day after the Sparks and Cambage agreed to a contract divorce.

In the aftermath of the messy split, a Yahoo Sports report indicated that Cambage took Zahui B.’s jersey number before the start of the 2022 season. Then-Sparks coach Derek Fisher approached Zahui B. about giving her No. 1 to Cambage. Zahui B. politely declined, but management opted to give the number to Cambage anyway, per Yahoo Sports.

Zahui B. found out about the number switch via social media, according to Yahoo Sports’ sources, which “ruffled feathers” within the Sparks’ locker room.

The Sparks later placed Zahui B. on the full-season suspension list before the start of the season, citing her limited availability for the WNBA season due to her overseas obligations.

“Shit happens, you flush it down, you move and you learn from it,” Zahui B. wrote on Twitter. “With the recent news we all learned my name is clearly in the mix. But please believe this. I am at peace and when I decide to speak my truth I will.”

The Swedish center said she has received “so much love and support” this summer “for not being in L.A. playing right now.” She is back home in Sweden, “sending everyone positive vibes all the way from Stockholm.”

Zahui B. played in 30 games for the Sparks in the 2021 season, averaging 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Cambage’s issues with the Sparks reportedly ran deeper than the conflict over Zahui B.’s jersey number. Yahoo Sports also reported that the star center criticized teammates during film sessions and accused them of not giving her the ball.

In her final game with the team Saturday, Cambage was unhappy with her touches, which led to her teammates force-feeding her the ball out of annoyance. After the game, Cambage told the locker room that she “can’t do this anymore” before wishing the team “best of luck.”

Before the contract divorce, Cambage played in 25 games for the Sparks this season, averaging 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.