Quick Bit: It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Liz Cambage or the Sparks, as the team sits at 12-15 at the time of the report.
It appears that Liz Cambage’s short-lived tenure with the Los Angeles Sparks could soon be coming to an end.
According to WNBA insider Khristina Williams of Girls Talk Sports TV, Cambage “wants out of LA,” while sources have told Williams that Cambage has quit on the team.
The news itself comes just 25 games into Cambage’s first season as a member of the Sparks.
After spending the previous three seasons as a member of the Las Vegas Aces, Cambage signed with the Sparks in February of 2022, speaking glowingly about the city of Los Angeles and her opportunity with the team during her opening press conference. Cambage went as far as to say “it was really LA or out for me. The city is now home.”
No less than five months later, Cambage’s future is apparently up in the air.
It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Cambage or the Sparks this year, as the team sits at 12-15 at the time of the report.
Over 25 games, Cambage is averaging 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 blocks per contest. Cambage’s scoring and rebounding figures are the lowest since her rookie season in 2011.
12 games into the season, LA fired head coach Derek Fisher, who sat at Cambage’s side during the introductory press conference. Since then, interim head coach Fred Williams has posted a 7-8 record, but things have still been rocky with the Sparks.
Cambage has also been embroiled in controversy. She declared she had “zero” interest in representing the host Australian Opals in international competition at the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup amid reports of Cambage using racial slurs towards the Nigerian Women’s National team prior to the Tokyo Olympics, which she withdrew from participating in.
After signing with LA, the four-time WNBA All-Star told ABC in Australia that she never felt that members of the Australian Opals program wanted to protect her or wanted the best for her, which resulted in a strained relationship between the two parties.
As the WNBA trade deadline has passed, Cambage would need to be released by the Sparks in order to find a new home. Earlier in the season, the Phoenix Mercury released Tina Charles, who would later sign with the Seattle Storm.
With the WNBA Playoffs set to begin on Aug. 17, any player that is waived must sign by 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 1 in order to be playoff-eligible.
If a contending team were to sign Cambage, the process must take course fairly soon.
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