WNBA free agent Candace Parker to signal with Las Vegas Aces

Two-time WNBA champion and former MVP Candace Parker plans to signal with the Las Vegas Aces as an unrestricted free agent, she introduced Saturday on her Instagram.

“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 panorama along with my household, we have determined the Las Vegas Aces are the fitting group for us at this level in our lives.”

The former longtime Los Angeles Sparks star spent the last two seasons playing in her hometown of Chicago, helping bring the Sky their first title in 2021. The Aces are coming off a franchise-first title this past season. Parker will join a core of two-time MVP A’ja Wilson, first-team All-WNBA Kelsey Plum and Finals MVP Chelsea Gray.

“Once I made the choice to go to Chicago in 2021, I made the choice to go dwelling and be with my household within the place the place all of it started. I’m past grateful for the chance to win a championship in my hometown and parade down the identical streets I watched the Bulls parade down as a younger woman first falling in love with the sport of basketball,” She wrote. “I am endlessly appreciative of everybody in Chicago — our followers, teammates, coaches, and possession. However greater than the previous two seasons, I am grateful to the town that raised me, the childhood pals I nonetheless need to this present day, the academics I nonetheless am studying from, and the moments in time that may endlessly be in my coronary heart.

“While Chicago will always be my home, my family’s home is on the west coast.”