Dallas Wings star Liz Cambage asks to be traded
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 23, 2019 07:17 AM
FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Dallas Wings' Liz Cambage, left, drives against Connecticut Sun's Brionna Jones during a preseason WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Cambage has asked to be traded, according to reports, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
By Doug Feinberg, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Liz Cambage is looking to play elsewhere next season.
"Liz Cambage has communicated through her representation a desire to play elsewhere in the WNBA during the 2019 season," Dallas Wings president and CEO Greg Bibb said in a statement Tuesday. "While Liz is currently under contract with the Dallas Wings, we will work to resolve this issue while keeping the interest of our organization the priority."
The 27-year-old Cambage finished second behind Breanna Stewart in WNBA MVP balloting this past year. She set the league single-game scoring record last season when she had 53 points against New York. She averaged 23 points and 9.7 rebounds last year.
The 6-foot-8 Australian star was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft. She played that season and in 2013 for the Tulsa Shock but sat out in 2012 and again from 2014-2017. The franchise moved to Dallas in 2016. Cambage returned to the WNBA last season with Dallas and really hit it off with Wings coach Fred Williams. Cambage took it hard when Williams was fired a few weeks before the end of the season. Her former coach signed on as an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday.
After last season ended, Cambage left the door open to not returning to the WNBA this year, citing the league's low salaries. She excelled for Australia in the FIBA World Cup this fall, helping the team earn a silver medal. Cambage told the AP at the World Cup that she was going to take some time to decide whether she wanted to return to the WNBA.
With Cambage wanting to play for another team and star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith pregnant and potentially missing some of the season, the Wings could have a new look next season under first-year coach Brian Agler.