Clarendon signed to training camp contract

Minnesota Lynx guard Layshia Clarendon, right, celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Los Angeles. The Lynx won 86-61. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Los Angeles Sparks announced Tuesday the signing of guard Layshia Clarendon to a training camp contract.

“Layshia is an experienced veteran guard that has been an All-Star in this league,” said Sparks CAO & GM Karen Bryant. “They are a proven floor general that will provide us depth at the point guard position.”

The nine-year veteran holds career averages of 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists, earning WNBA All Star honors in 2017 while with Atlanta. They most recently appeared in 21 games (20 starts) for Minnesota in the 2021 season, averaging 10.4 points on a career-best 51.7% shooting from the field. He added 3.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 25.7 minutes per game.

“Layshia has been a consistent and dependable floor general throughout their WNBA career,” said Head Coach Curt Miller. “They have an outstanding work ethic and a competitiveness that is contagious. They will be a great addition to our culture both on the court and in the locker room.”

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The San Bernadino native was originally drafted ninth overall by the Indiana Fever in the 2013 WNBA Draft out of the University of California, Berkeley.

“I never take the opportunity to play in this league for granted,” said Clarendon. “It’s clear Curt and Karen are building something special in LA and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!”