Candace Parker re-signs with Aces

Two-time WNBA MVP and three-time league champion Candace Parker is returning to play for the Las Vegas Aces, the team announced Wednesday.

Terms of the contract were not announced by the Aces, however Winsidr reported earlier on Wednesday that it was a one-year deal.

“I am honored to announce that we have re-signed one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Candace Parker,” Aces general manager Natalie Williams said. “Her leadership and court presence are invaluable to our team. We look forward to having her incredible skill set and contagious energy back on the floor.”

Parker, 37, was an unrestricted free agent after playing last season with the Aces. She averaged 9.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 18 games (all starts) with eventual champion Las Vegas before a fractured foot and the resulting surgery ended her season prematurely.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to play the game I love while competing alongside my teammates and coaches,” Parker said. “My family and I are excited to be back in Las Vegas and ready for another great season.”

The seven-time All-Star spent her first 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks (2008-20) and the next two with the Chicago Sky (2021-22).

Parker has contributed 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 410 career games (406 starts). She was part of the Sparks’ title team in 2016 and led her hometown Sky to the 2021 championship.

Parker ranks ninth on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list with 6,574 points and third in rebounds with 3,467. She was named WNBA Finals MVP in 2016.

Parker was a college star and two-time NCAA champion at Tennessee and was selected No. 1 in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Sparks. She also is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008, 2012).