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Ex-Mystic Kristi Toliver says she wasn't 'offered the money I deserve' in free agency

Ex-Mystic Kristi Toliver says she wasn't 'offered the money I deserve' in free agency

Kristi Toliver turned some heads when she agreed to a three-year deal with the LA Sparks in free agency, leaving the Mystics after three seasons with the team and a WNBA title in 2019. 

On a conference call Wednesday night, Toliver gave us insight into her decision-making process and what prompted her to return to a Sparks team she spent seven years with before coming to D.C.

"I just wasn't offered the money I deserved," Toliver said on a conference call, according to Howard Megdal.

It isn't clear whether the Mystics offer came up short in Toliver's mind or she was underwhelmed by other teams' bids as well. She confirmed on the call that she spoke with Phoenix, Minnesota, Las Vegas and Connecticut during free agency. 

Last season with the Mystics, Toliver averaged 12.4 points, six assists and 2.9 rebounds per game on 49.4 percent shooting. 

The 33-year-old didn't just have ties to the Mystics. She's been an assistant coach on the Wizards' coaching staff all season, while the move to LA is not expected to affect her job with the Wizards, it could present significant challenges when NBA training camp begins next season and the WNBA season is nearing the postseason. 

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How to watch the re-air of Washington Mystics' run to first WNBA title

How to watch the re-air of Washington Mystics' run to first WNBA title

A historic regular season, a masked superstar, and a sharp-shooting offense culminated in a second championship for the District of Champions in as many years. 

After the Washington Capitals completed a deserved #OurYear with a Stanley Cup triumph in 2018, the Washington Mystics followed up with a championship of their own before the Nationals cemented Washington D.C. as a victorious sports town. 

Now, while people remain safely quarantined in self-isolation and without live sports, NBC Sports Washington is partnering up with Monumental Sports Network to re-air the Mystics' semifinal and championship series. 

While Monumental Sports Network will be re-airing the two series free of charge starting April 6, NBC Sports Washington will have two marathon sessions where Mystics fans can bask in the championship glory on April 18 and 26. 

Relive all the drama of an injured Elena Delle Donne persisting through injury, Maryland alum Kristi Toliver hitting big shots, and Finals MVP Emma Meeseman balling out. 

There will also be select games featuring Mystics personnel live-tweeting from the Mystics Twitter account. Delle Donne, fan-favorite Natasha Cloud, deep-ball threat Ariel Atkins, and associate head coach Eric Thibault will all give personal recounts as the games unfold. 

Here's how to catch all the action:

Washington Mystics vs. Las Vegas Aces: 2019 WNBA Semifinals

What: 2019 WNBA Semifinals

When: All-day, Saturday, April 18, 2020

Broadcast Schedule:

Game 1 - 12:00 p.m. - Eric Thibault live tweets

Game 2 - 2:00 p.m. 

Game 3 - 4:00 p.m.

Game 4 - 6:00 p.m. - Natasha Cloud live tweets

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder

Washington Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun: 2019 WNBA Finals

What: 2019 WNBA Finals

When: All-day, Sunday, April 26

Broadcast Schedule: 

Game 1 - 12:00 p.m. - Ariel Atkins live tweets

Game 2 - 2:00 p.m.

Game 3 - 4:00 p.m. - Eric Thibault live tweets

Game 4 - 6:00 p.m.

Game 5 - 8:00 p.m. - Elena Delle Donne live tweets

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder

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WNBA postponing the start of 2020 season due to coronavirus pandemic

WNBA postponing the start of 2020 season due to coronavirus pandemic

The WNBA is pushing back the start of the regular season, which was scheduled to start on May 15, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the league announced on Friday. 

“As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15," WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a release. 

"While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees."

Many training camps were set to begin on April 26. While there is no timeline on when the season will start, no games have been canceled at this time. 

The virtual WNBA draft will still transpire on April 17, as all players and teams will interact with the league and the commissioner remotely. 

“At the direction of the WNBA and in accordance with public health guidelines, the start of the 2020 Mystics season will be postponed to maintain the safety of our fans, players and staff,” general manager and head coach of the Mystics Mike Thibault said in a release by the team.

“We will get through this difficult time together and look forward to seeing our fans and defending our championship as soon as safely possible.  In the meantime, we will continue to find other ways to stay connected as we encourage everyone to stay home and be safe.”

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