WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage and Los Angeles Sparks split four times, one last thorny end to a star position who just three months ago confidently declared the team was “where I want to be.”
On Tuesday, Sparks announced that they and Cambridge, 30, had agreed to a “Divorce Contract” Just five months after she was added to the team roster. The 6-foot-8, Australian, averaged 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25 games this season; She still holds the single-game WNBA scoring record with 53 points.
“It was a surprise – I didn’t know what triggered her escalation,” Fred Williams, interim team coach, He said in the media availability on Tuesday. “A lot of it could have been things off the field, off the ground, who knows. Having conversations with her afterwards, I felt it would have been good for her personally to make the move. All we can do as an organization is support that and her decisions and move forward.”
For the team, he said, “It’s a new day, a new atmosphere, for us in this gym.”
In a statement announcing the move, Eric Holloman, managing partner of Sparks, said, “We want what’s best for Liz and have agreed to separate amicably.” A Cambage representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cambage’s departure is her third split with the WNBA team in five years. Like she said she did Zero interest in playing again for the sake of her country. Cambridge was accused of using racist slurs against his opponents while playing for Australia in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics; These accusations have been denied.
Cambage, who grew up outside of Melbourne, Australia, was drafted second overall by the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock in 2011 as a cornerstone of the struggling franchise at the time. She took a four-season hiatus from the league before returning to the team, which moved to Dallas and was renamed the Wings. Cambage joined the Las Vegas Aces in 2019, but only after claiming to trade from Dallas for one year on a multi-year contract.
Although Cambage was suspended for the 2020 season due to health concerns of Covid-19, she and the Masters reached the WNBA semifinals in 2019 and 2021. She left the team as an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season, but did so with a playoff shot by Criticizes WNBA’s Pay Structure When Aces signed Becky Hammon as head coach for $1 million.
Campig had long set her sights on Sparks. She joined the team as one of the league’s most prominent – and at times polarizing – figures, going to Los Angeles with a large following on social media and a punch-crowd style. Cambage has also been public about her Challenging Mental Health Journey and treatment for depression, which she said contributed to her difficult start with trauma.
Cambage has signed up for a talent agency IMGShe has designed tracksuits for adidas and is an ambassador for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty underwear brand. She is also a DJ and signed to Wasserman Music.
“I was living someone else’s dream, and I’m chasing that for a minute,” She told the New York Times in May. “But now I realize this has always been my dream, to be here in LA and play here.”
Sparks, who missed the NBA playoffs last year for the first time since 2011, added Cambridge to the front court that included Nika Ogomec and her sister Cheney, both of whom were top overall, in hopes of moving into contention for the championship. The team (12-15) is Sixth place in the league.
Cambage, who told her She recently recovered from her third bout of Covid-19She had the second-lowest season in terms of goals in her WNBA career. She was part of the rebuilding of Sparks under Derek Fisher, a former NBA player who was appointed as the general manager. But Sparks fired Fisher in June and replaced him with Williams, who also coached Campig in Dallas.
“I have to respect what you want,” Williams said. “You have to listen because it might be something else, it might be something that has nothing to do with basketball.”
Williams said he hopes Cambridge will have another chance to play.
“I think she now has room to check her own temperature,” he said.