After forward/center Crystal Langhorne announced her retirement after 13 WNBA seasons and shared she was joining the Seattle Storm’s front office, the defending WNBA champions moved to sign elite veteran Candice Dupree.
The Storm acquired the seven-time WNBA All-Star and WNBA Champion on Monday to fill a void left by longtime Seattle player Alysha Clark, who recently departed for the Washington Mystics.
“Candice brings championship experience and has been an impact player in the WNBA during her entire career,” Storm CEO and General Manager Alisha Valavanis said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome Candice to Storm basketball.”
Dupree, a No. 6 overall pick in the 2006 WNBA draft by the Chicago Sky, has averaged 14.4. points and 6.6 rebounds over her 15-year career. She’s a dependable and versatile player who has started every playoff game she’s been a part of and shot 56.9 percent from the field in doing so.
After earning her first All-Star nod and making the WNBA All-Rookie Team while she was in Chicago, Dupree was traded to the Phoenix Mercury in 2010, joining legend Diana Taurasi. Dupree helped lead the Mercury to six WNBA playoff appearances and was a member of the Phoenix squad who swept the Sky in three games to take home a championship ring in 2014.
In 2017, Dupree was traded to the Indiana Fever where she’s spent the past three seasons. The 36-year-old forward averaged 12.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 30.2 minutes per contest.
She’ll get an opportunity to contend for the highest trophy of them all when she takes the court for the Seattle Storm this spring.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have an opportunity to play for the Seattle Storm,” Dupree said. “To be 15 years in and have an opportunity to play for a contender and compete for a back-to-back championship is awesome. I look forward to playing alongside some of the best in the game and bringing another championship back to the great city of Seattle.”