The Seattle Storm made another move today to keep their core intact, as the team announced the re-signing of two-time All-Star Crystal Langhorne. The 6' 2" power forward has spent the past two seasons with Seattle after beginning her career with the Washington Mystics.
"Crystal is one of the most proficient and efficient players in the game," stated Storm head coach Jenny Boucek. "She is a dynamic playmaker with a crafty and versatile skill-set. Her experience, intelligence and aptitude for high-level schemes make her a valuable leader in the post."
The signing was a foregone conclusion after the Storm placed Langhorne under the core distinction at the start of the offseason. Retaining her veteran experience and low-post skill could prove to be vital, as the Storm's young frontcourt nucleus of Ramu Tokashiki, Abby Bishop and (barring any unforeseen changes) Breanna Stewart, could all miss some or all of the 2016 season to represent their respective countries at the Olympics.
In addition to Langhorne, the Storm also retained the services of point guard Angel Goodrich who will be entering her second season with the franchise after starting her career with Tulsa.
“There are not many pure point guards in the game anymore," Boucek commented regarding retaining Goodrich. "so to have a young, hungry player at this position is a real benefit.”
Bird has been seen scouting multiple Washington Huskies games with both Boucek and Storm president, Alisha Valavanis as recently as last Friday so fans can rest assured that Bird will once again be a member of the Storm in 2016.