Early in free agency, star center Liz Cambage made waves by calling out the WNBA's pay structure and travel accommodations. Her (correct) comments, which came in the wake of news that Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon is set to make over $1 million -- nearly four times as much as any player can earn -- somewhat overshadowed the fact that Aces had decided not to bring her back.
It didn't take long for Cambage to find a new team, however. The Australian has made a verbal commitment to join the Los Angeles Sparks, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Further details, including the length of a potential deal, are unclear at this time.
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After sitting out of the bubble season in 2020, Cambage returned to the WNBA last summer and put up 14.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. She made the fourth All-Star Game of her career in the process, but she and the Aces were eliminated from the playoffs in a heartbreaking Game 5 loss to the Phoenix Mercury in the semifinals. When former Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer stepped aside in the offseason to make way for Hammon, who is intent on bringing a more modern offensive approach, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Cambage.
Now, indeed, Cambage has moved on, joining a Sparks team that she has been linked to for some time. Back in 2019, when it became clear the Dallas Wings were going to trade her, the Sparks were one of the teams on Cambage's list of preferred destinations. She was traded to the Aces instead, but clearly never gave up on the idea of playing in Los Angeles -- something she has now made a reality.
Signing Cambage is the latest move in a busy offseason for the Sparks, which has also included trading for Chennedy Carter and Katie Lou Samuelson. After missing the playoffs in 2021 for the first time in a decade, the Sparks have made it clear they don't want that to happen again.