The Los Angeles Sparks have re-signed Karlie Samuelson for a second year.
The Los Angeles Sparks have signed Karlie Samuelson for the third time in two seasons. There is something about the story of Samuelson which should speak to every sports fan and aspiring athlete who was not picked for a team.
Samuelson went undrafted in 2017 before working her way onto the training camp roster of the Los Angeles Sparks. Unfortunately for Samuelson injury ruined her chances of making the roster.
She played overseas and then worked her way onto the Sparks training camp roster at the start of last season. Then, the Sparks cut her in the middle of May before signing her again just three days later.
Finally Samuelson played minutes in the WNBA last season, she only played 84 total but she made it. Samuelson is a tremendous shooter who has the ability to space the floor, if she is given the opportunity.
The Sparks have limited cap space, especially now they have matched the offer sheet of Odyssey Sims. Re-signing Samuelson was one way to keep as much cap space open as possible for the remaining stars to be re-signed.
Hopefully this was not the only reason the Sparks re-signed Samuelson. She needs to see more time on the court. Ex coach Brian Agler rarely showed much faith in rookies, preferring more established players for his rotation.
Under new coach Derek Fisher more players might get a chance to shine. We can only hope that Samuelson and her shooting can make a bigger impression on the regular season.
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