After spending 14 seasons with the Minnesota Lynx, one of the best players in franchise history will be suiting up for a new team in 2020.
Seimone Augustus, Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer and arguably the best player to ever play for the Lynx, signed with the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday, ending her historic tenure with the Lynx.
In a surprising move, the Sparks officially announced that Augustus has signed with the Lynx’s rival on Thursday evening, adding the four-time WNBA Champion to its roster for the 2020 campaign.
“Through intense playoffs battles and time with Team USA teammates, I have come to know the Sparks character and commitment to winning,” Augustus said in a statement released by the Sparks on Thursday. “I’m excited to join friends who are now teammates to chase another championship.”
Augustus, who entered the offseason at 35 years old and as an unrestricted free agent which allowed her the ability to sign anywhere she wanted, will play for a team other than Minnesota for the first time in her lengthy WNBA career this season.
In her 14 years with the Lynx, Augustus recorded four league titles, eight All-Star appearances, was named the 2006 Rookie of the Year and was named to an All-WNBA team a total of six times. She leaves Minnesota ranking first in franchise history in total points (5,881), field goals made (2,401), games played (370), games started (365) and minutes played (10,918). She also ranks fourth in both total rebounds (1,191) and points per game (15.9).
“Since 2006, Seimone has given the Lynx franchise countless thrilling moments on the court and has had an enormous impact in our community,” Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said in a statement released by the Lynx. “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.”
Going into the 2020 season, which Augustus said during the 2019 year that this season would be her last, the veteran wing ranks 11th all-time in the WNBA in scoring. Over her career to this point, she has averaged 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Lynx in 2006.
Throughout the last few years of her career with Minnesota leading up to 2020, both Augustus and the Lynx have talked about what the veteran player has meant to the franchise and what her legacy will be while she wraps up her legendary career remaining where it all started in Minnesota.
But surprisingly for the first time in her professional career, Augustus will be suiting up in a uniform other than a Lynx uniform this year.