Candace Parker is one of the biggest names in the WNBA free agency this year. In a long post on Instagram today, she announced she would be leaving the Chicago Sky and signing with the Las Vegas Aces.
“As I’ve gone through free agency this time around, of course I’m thinking of where I can compete for my third championship, but the words home and family are what I kept coming back to … I need to be there for my daughter, for my son, for my wife,” Parker posted. “I can’t be without them for parts of the season when Lailaa is in school and I won’t miss her volleyball games or school dances simply because of distance. Lailaa starts high school in August and I need to be there for her, just as she’s been there for me.
“After evaluating the landscape together with my family, we’ve decided the Las Vegas Aces are the right organization for us at this point in our lives.”
With signing with the 2022 defending champions, the Aces just bolstered their roster even more with the addition of Parker. The upcoming season is going to be one to watch with Parker reuniting with Chelsea Gray (won together in Los Angeles) plus getting to play with Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young and reigning Finals MVP A’ja Wilson.
All in all, Las Vegas is stacked and will be a force to be recognized with as they find their chemistry. According to Boris Lelchitski, her agent, Parker is going to sign a one year deal while the price is still being negotiated.
“Candace has done so much for our franchise in her time here,” stated Sky coach and general manager James Wade. “I understand her reasons for wanting to be closer with her immediate family. We wish her nothing but the best. She will always be a part of the Sky family. We will celebrate her time here as she deserves.”