The Sparks have made a lot of moves in the last couple of days.
Wiggins last played for the Tulsa Shock where she averaged 10.1 points a game and is reunited with assistant coach Gary Kloppenburg, who was the team's head coach in 2013. Before being in Tulsa, Wiggins played for the Minnesota Lynx from 2008-2012, where she was the Sixth Woman of the Year in 2008, and won a WNBA championship in 2011.
Here is what Wiggins said in the Sparks' press release:
It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to play for the Sparks and I am absolutely beside myself with joy and excitement for the incredible opportunity to play in Los Angeles and bring my talent back to California. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to win and bring a WNBA Championship to the city of Los Angeles, and I know this era will truly be a Magic-al one. I’d also like to thank the Shock organization and the wonderful Tulsa fans for an incredible experience last season, it was truly special and unforgettable.
Like Wiggins, current Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike played at Stanford University during their time in college. Here's what Ogwumike said.
I am very anxious to play with Candice. I feel, out of all my fellow Stanford women's basketball [alumnae], I am the only one who hasn't played with her. Now that she’s coming to Los Angeles, I have a wonderful opportunity to play with my fellow ‘Nerdie’. Candice is a spectacular player and will contribute vastly to the Sparks.
I wonder what's coming next for the Sparks since they've been really active this week.
Conversely for the Tulsa Shock, with Wiggins now having left for Hollywood, this could be adding more weight to a rumor that the organization is leaning toward picking up Baylor guard Odyssey Sims with the second overall pick in the 2014 Draft, who has had a spectacular year. She could form a scary backcourt when playing alongside Riquna Williams, who scored a WNBA record 51 points in a game over the San Antonio Silver Stars last season.
But at the same time, they also have Skylar Diggins, so we have to wonder whether Fred Williams intends on having the she would play with Sims at the same time, or if she is available for a trade.
H/T to theLaplaceDemon for putting out a FanShot on the signing - it was published literally a minute before the article came out. And please, when you see news, do not hesitate to put a FanShot out there, even if we put out a story a minute later. We will give you kudos!