It’s perhaps no surprise, but Seimone Augustus will officially be returning to the Minnesota Lynx in 2019.
Minnesota announced Saturday that it has re-signed the veteran guard and longest current tenured Lynx player on the roster. Augustus, who was an unrestricted free agent, will be coming back to the organization and the league for her 14th season — all spent in Minnesota — this summer.
As mentioned, this news isn’t a surprise and it wasn’t a matter of if this would happen, but when. As has been the case for the past few offseasons, Augustus has been in Minnesota training and getting ready for the upcoming season on-and-off since the conclusion of the WNBA Playoffs last August along with Danielle Robinson and others.
Augustus, who will turn 35 in April, is coming off a 2018 campaign where she appeared in 33 of 34 regular season games for the Lynx.
The wing averaged 10.8 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game a season ago, while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3. Those numbers are down a bit from what we saw out of Augustus during 2017’s championship campaign, but it’s likely we could continue to see that steady decline as she progresses in the final stretch of her career.
Over the course of her career and previous 13 seasons in the WNBA, Augustus holds career averages of 16.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.7 steals. The four-time WNBA champion, seven-time All-Star and 2006 Rookie of the Year is currently the Lynx franchise leader in total points (5,836), games played (358), total minutes (10,763) and both field goals made (2,381) and field goals attempted (4,937).
The news of Augustus re-signing with the organization comes a day after the Lynx announced it signed unrestricted free agent Karima Christmas-Kelly on the opening day of WNBA Free Agency. It also comes a few weeks after Maya Moore received a franchise (or core) tag and has since been undecided whether or not she will actually play in the WNBA in 2019, according to reports.
Players who remain on the free agent market that spent time in Minnesota in 2018 or that it owns rights to still include veteran Rebekkah Brunson — who like Augustus won’t be going anywhere else — Cecilia Zandalasini, Anna Cruz, Sydney Colson and Erlana Larkins.