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‘I’m a lifer’: Sue Bird announces she will return to Seattle Storm for 19th season

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The Bird is back.

In a video via the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird announced she has re-signed with the team and will take the court for a 19th season.

“It’s no secret how I feel about the city of Seattle and the Storm franchise. I’m a lifer and to be able to re-sign is extremely exciting,” Bird said in a statement via the Storm. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the court with my teammates, and playing in front of our amazing fans.”

Bird, who holds the franchise record for points, assists, field goals and steals, missed all of the 2018 season after undergoing knee surgery. The 39-year-old’s last appearance on the court was when Seattle won its third WNBA title.

In addition to her three championships, Bird has also earned four Olympic gold medals, four FIBA World Cup gold medals and one bronze as a member of the USA Women’s National Team.

The Storm will also return 2018 league MVP Breanna Stewart, who missed last season with a ruptured right Achilles. The Storm went 18-16 last season with both stars’ sidelined.

Seattle opens the 2020 WNBA season against Dallas on May 15.