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Storm sign All-Star G Skylar Diggins-Smith

Oct 10, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith (4) dribbles against Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) during the first half of game one of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Storm announced the signing Thursday of six-time All-Star point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith.

The 33-year-old free agent returns to the WNBA after sitting out 2023 following the birth of her second child.

She has career averages of 16.7 points, 5.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 252 games (239 starts) over nine seasons with the Tulsa Shock/Dallas Wings (2013-18) and Phoenix Mercury (2020-22).

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to coach Skylar, one of the best point guards in the history of our game,” said Storm coach Noelle Quinn. “Skylar is an ultimate competitor, elite playmaker, and excellent defender. Adding Skylar to our dynamic backcourt will immediately elevate our roster as we continue this next chapter of Storm basketball.”

Diggins-Smith has made six All-WNBA teams and was named the league’s Most Improved Player in 2014.

She will be reunited in the backcourt with Storm star Jewell Loyd, her former teammate at Notre Dame.

“Joining the Seattle Storm is the ideal next step in my basketball journey. The organization’s dedication to its players and the progression of the league is commendable,” said Diggins-Smith. “I’m laser-focused for the upcoming season. Stepping onto the court alongside Jewell, benefiting from the leadership of Noelle Quinn and feeling the?energy of the?Seattle?Storm fans is a combination that I am confident will lead to success.”

Diggins-Smith won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

–Field Level Media

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