SEATTLE, WA – Arguably the greatest Seattle athlete of all-time will be back with the Storm this season. Sue Bird, according to several outlets, will be returning for her 18th season in the green & gold. With that being said, she has not signed yet due to some salary cap issues.
The Storm are currently in a salary cap crunch and have already had casualties, Alysha Clark to the Washington Mystics. They do not want to lose another key piece in Natasha Howard, so Bird will wait to sign her new contract until everything is settled with other players.
It was never really a question on whether or not Bird would be playing in a Storm uniform, but more if she would be playing basketball at all. The now 40-year-old point guard has spent her entire career with the team that drafted her back in 2002 with the number one pick. She has been the consistent face of the franchise ever since and has led the team to four WNBA titles.
- 4× WNBA champion (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020)
- 11× WNBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005–2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
- 5× All-WNBA First Team (2002–2005, 2016)
- 3× All-WNBA Second Team (2008, 2010, 2011)
- 3× WNBA assists leader (2005, 2009, 2016)
- 2× WNBA peak performer (2009, 2016)
- WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time (2011)
- WNBA Top 20@20 (2016)
- Member of WNBA All-Decade Team
- WNBA all-time assists leader
- 5× Russian National League champion (2007, 2008, 2012–2014)
- 5× EuroLeague champion (2007–2010, 2013)
- 2× Europe SuperCup winner (2009, 2010)
- 2× NCAA champion (2000, 2002)
- Honda Sports Award (2002)
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