Previous Storm forward Alysha Clark ‘looking forward to brand-new chapter’ with Mystics
After a magical run in Seattle that consisted of a set of WNBA championships in the last three seasons, forward Alysha Clark is leaving Seattle.
Reports surfaced on Friday that the Storm’s longtime team leader and fan favorite was parting methods with Seattle in totally free firm and finalizing with the Washington Mystics.
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Clark validated reports on Friday in farewell posts on Instagram and Twitter.
” Thank you for being a place where I got a possibility to grow as a woman and a player,” Clark composed. “Thank you for all the life time relationships and bonds I have actually created throughout the years. Thank you for assisting me follow my passions and make a distinction.”
The 33-year-old is coming off one of the most efficient seasons of her WNBA career. With the Storm last year, Clark averaged 10 points, 2.7 helps, 1.5 takes and shot 55.8 percent from the field and 52.2 from three-point range, all personal bests.
She was a candidate for 2020 Defensive Gamer of the Year, ending up 2nd to the Los Angeles Stimulates’ Candace Parker. Clark was also a consentaneous All-Defensive first-team choice, as chosen by the WNBA’s 12 league coaches.
The 3-and-D forward became a totally free representative after signing a three-year, $252,400 extension in 2018. Probably, her contract with the Mystics will use up more than her $84,000 a year wage with Seattle.
After 7 seasons as starter for the Storm, Clark leaves 4th all-time on the team in video games played (273 ), fifth in helps (392 ), sixth in rebounds (928 ), steals (203) and seventh in points scored (1,891).
Clark’s work in the Seattle neighborhood extends beyond the basketball court. For several years, she has actually used her platform to educate others on social justice reform and influenced individuals to go out and vote. She also offered her time at Seattle Children’s Health center and fired up fundraising efforts such as toy drives to raise funds for the dialysis unit.
With Clark now gone, the Storm’s concern remains on re-signing Sue Bird this offseason. The four-time WNBA champ and veteran point player has actually invested her whole 19-year profession with the Storm and is the franchise’s profession leader in points, helps, field goals and steals.