Angel McCoughtry signs a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Dream, will return for 2018 season

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Angel McCoughtry signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Dream and will return to the team for the 2018 season. She sat out last season to rest after playing year round in the league and overseas since being drafted in 2009.

“I am excited to return to the Atlanta Dream for the upcoming WNBA season,” McCoughtry said in a statement. “I look forward to reuniting with my Dream teammates and coaching staff to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta. We have a loyal and enthusiastic fan base who I can’t wait see when the WNBA season tips off.”

McCoughtry is the Dream’s all-time leading scorer. Over her career, she has averaged 19.5 points per game. She only needs 10 points to become the second-fastest player in WNBA history to reach the 5,000-point plateau and just the 18th player to reach that mark.

“I’m elated to welcome Angel McCoughtry back to the Dream,” head coach Nicki Collen said. “As a former No. 1 overall pick, two-time Olympian and All-WNBA performer, she is so important to the Dream franchise. After time away from the WNBA, I believe she is reenergized and excited to be back in front of the Dream fans and her teammates and sees a bright future here in Atlanta.”

“Her uncanny ability to make tough shots, her speed in the open floor and her creativity with the basketball make her a tremendous asset for our team,” Collen added. “I consider Angel one of the 10 best players in the world right now. She is special because of her ability to score the basketball at all three levels. I believe with our current roster she could be a tremendous facilitator as well and have a career high in assists this season.”

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