Jan 29, 2023 - News

Candace Parker poised to leave Chicago for Las Vegas

Photo of a woman celebrating on the court after winning a basketball championship.

Candace Parker celebrates with her teammates after winning Game Four of the 2021 WNBA Finals. Photo: Kena Krutsinger/NBAE via Getty Images

WNBA star Candace Parker is leaving the Chicago Sky. She's poised to sign a contract with the Las Vegas Aces when free agency begins Wednesday.

Why it matters: The Naperville native has helped turn the Sky into one of the league's best teams, bringing home Chicago's first WNBA championship two years ago.

What they're saying: "When I made the decision to go to Chicago in 2021, I made the decision to go home and be with my family in the place where it all began," Parker said on Instagram.

  • "I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to win a championship in my hometown and parade down the same streets I watched the Bulls parade down as a young girl first falling in love with the game of basketball."
  • "While Chicago will always be my home, my family's home is on the West Coast."

Context: Parker made headlines playing at Naperville Central from 2001-2004. She was twice named the best high school player in the nation.

Of note: Parker was one of Axios Chicago's 2022 Power Players.

💭 Justin's thought bubble: It's hard to think of other hometown athletes that measure up to Parker. Even greats like Dick Butkus and Derrick Rose didn't bring a championship to Chicago.

  • So long, Candace.
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