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Sources: Parker leaving Sparks for hometown Sky

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PALMETTO, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 17: Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks dribbles during the first half of Game One of their Second Round playoff against the Connecticut Sun at Feld Entertainment Center on September 17, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker has committed to play for the Chicago Sky after 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, sources told ESPN.

Parker, who was drafted at No. 1 in 2008, is an unrestricted free agent. Free-agent players can begin signing with their new teams on Monday.

While the Sparks did try to retain the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, who helped them win the WNBA title in 2016, the opportunity to return to her hometown of Chicago and play in front of friends and family for the last portion of her career was too appealing for her to pass up.

Parker, 34, played in all 22 of the Sparks’ games in the 2020 season and finished third in MVP voting.

The 6-foot-4 forward is the only player in league history to win MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season (2008).

She was also WNBA MVP in 2013 and Finals MVP in 2016. For her career, Parker has averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.

Parker won two NCAA national championships while at Tennessee, in 2007 and ’08.

ESPN

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