The Chicago Sky have agreed to a deal with two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports. The terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, nor can any contract become official until Feb. 1.
Parker will join the Eastern Conference playoff contender and immediately bolster its already impressive core. In her 13th season with the Los Angeles Sparks last summer, Parker averaged 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
The move will serve as a homecoming for Parker who grew up dominating the Illinois hoops circuit before heading to Tennessee for college. In 2021, she could slot in to Chicago’s frontcourt alongside 2020 breakout star Azura Stevens.
The Parker signing could signal the end of Cheyenne Parker’s tenure with the squad. Cheyenne Parker is the lone unrestricted free agent on the Sky this offseason.
There was no All-Star Game held in the bubble last season but the 2019 WNBA event saw three Sky players – Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Diamond DeShields – represented.
Adding Parker to that bunch, not to mention Stevens and Kahleah Copper, makes Chicago an early contender for the 2021 title.