Seimone Augustus leaves the Lynx, signs with the Sparks
Full release from the Los Angeles Sparks:
The Los Angeles Sparks are excited to announce the signing of four-time WNBA champion Seimone Augustus, who comes to the Sparks after leading the Minnesota Lynx to titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Augustus is an eight-time All-Star (2006, 2007, 2001, 2013-2015, 2017, 2018), six-time All-WNBA honoree (2006, 2007, 2011-2014) and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist with USA Basketball (2008, 2012, 2016).
“In Seimone Augustus we’re adding another player that has won at every level and understands what it takes to compete for a championship,” Managing Partner and Governor Eric Holoman said. “Her resume speaks for itself and her leadership and experience will fit seamlessly into our team-first culture.”
Augustus currently ranks as the 11th leading scorer in WNBA history with 5881 points. She’s averaged 15.9 points per game throughout her career on an efficient 48% field goal percentage. She also has career averages of 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and has shot 35.9% on 3-pointers and 85.9% from the free-throw line.
“Seimone Augustus is a player I’ve admired from a distance throughout her illustrious career,” Head Coach Derek Fisher said. “She’s a leader, fierce competitor and a winner. We’re excited to work with her and have her join our group as we continue to build towards the vision we have for our 2020 season.”
Augustus played collegiately at LSU where she won back-to-back Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year Awards in 2005 and 2006 while guiding her team to three consecutive Final Four appearances. She is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“Through intense playoffs battles and time with Team USA teammates, I have come to know the Sparks character and commitment to winning,” Augustus said. “I’m excited to join friends who are now teammates to chase another championship.”
Augustus was drafted No. 1 overall in 2006 by the Minnesota Lynx. The Sparks now have four former No. 1 overall picks on their roster in Augustus (2006), Candace Parker (2008), Nneka Ogwumike (2012), and Chiney Ogwumike (2014).
Minnesota Lynx owner Glen Taylor
“I would like to thank Seimone for all the great memories she provided us and our fans while she wore the Lynx uniform. I will always cherish our time together and all that we accomplished, both on and off the floor. We wish her well in this next chapter of her career and we look forward to seeing her number in the rafters of ?Target Center in the future.”
Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve
“Since 2006, Seimone has given the Lynx franchise countless thrilling moments on the court and has had an enormous impact in our community. Coaching Seimone Augustus was one of the greatest joys of my coaching life and I wish her the best as she says goodbye, for now, to the Twin Cities.”