Reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne has decided to re-sign with the Washington Mystics. Full details on the deal were not provided but the deal is expected to be for four years.
Elena Delle Donne is coming off a season where she won her second league MVP award after averaging 19.5 points and 8.2 rebounds becoming the first WNBA player to record a 50-40-90 in a season shooting 51.5% from the field, 43% from three-point range and 97.4% from the free throw line. Delle Donne was second in the league in points per game, tied for fifth in rebounds per game and led the league in free throw percentage.
Elena Delle Donne recently underwent minor back surgery to repair multiple herniated disks that were pinching a nerve. Despite this, she is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020 WNBA season.
Mystics coach Mike Thibault had this to say about Elena Delle Donne’s injury and her re-signing with the Mystics, “She feels like everything is on track. She got immediate relief with the surgery, so that’s all good.” “Elena is the most impactful player in the history of the Washington Mystics and her commitment to us three years ago set the stage for us to make our championship run possible. I am thrilled that she has signed with us for four more years and will lead us as we continue to build on the culture of excellence that we have established here in D.C.”
Elena Delle Donne had this to say about re-signing with the Mystics, “Last year bringing a Mystics championship home to D.C. was beyond special. The fans who supported us, and the closeness we had as a team, how hard we all worked together, led to an incredible outcome. Ted and Sheila sowed the seeds for this. They have built an amazing organization, and they along with my teammates, Coach Thibault and his coaching staff, and everyone at the Mystics welcomed me and Amanda with open arms and made this our home. I’m thrilled to be returning for another four years and look forward to defending our title this season in front of the best fans in the world.”
Washington Mystics sixth woman and reigning Finals MVP Emma Meesseman, who is also a free agent, has yet to make her decision official but coach Thibault expects Meesseman to re-sign along with Elena Delle Donne.
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