Ex-WNBA MVP N. Ogwumike to sign with Storm

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Former WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike will sign with the Seattle Storm, she announced Monday on social media.

The deal is for one year, sources told ESPN.

The former Los Angeles Sparks star, who averaged 19.1 points and 8.8 rebounds last season, chose the Storm after a whirlwind free agency tour in which she also met with the Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty.

Ogwumike’s public appearances in New York over the past week stoked speculation that she would join the superstar-laden Liberty, who went to the WNBA Finals last season.

Although Ogwumike did give strong consideration to New York, sources close to the 2016 WNBA MVP told ESPN, ultimately she decided on the Storm because they presented her with a clear role and an opportunity to contend for a title alongside free agent acquisition Skylar Diggins-Smith and current Storm star guard Jewell Loyd.

Although Ogwumike and Diggins-Smith conducted their free agencies independently, there has always been a respect between them. Last season, Ogwumike supported the idea of the Sparks pursuing a trade for Diggins-Smith, sources told ESPN.

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