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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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