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Lynx sign cornerstones Augustus, Whalen to multi-year extensions

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The Minnesota Lynx will be keeping Seimone Augustus and Lindsey Whalen around for years to come.

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Fans can get use to seeing Seimone Augustus and Lindsey Whalen in a Minnesota Lynx uniform, as the team announced today they have both signed multi-year contract extensions.

The team’s Executive Vice President, Roger Griffith made a comment on the signings:

“We are extremely excited to have extended the contracts of two of our franchise leaders and two of the best players in the WNBA. During her eleven-year career, Seimone has been an integral part of the success of our franchise and has become undoubtedly one of the elite guards in the WNBA. Meanwhile, Lindsay has established herself as one of the top point guards in the league and we are glad to have her continue playing in her home state of Minnesota. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to watch these outstanding individuals night in and out and we are thrilled that they’ve decided to continue their careers with the Lynx as we drive toward the playoffs.”

Augustus has played her entire WNBA career with Minnesota. This season, she is averaging 11.3 points per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. She will continue to add to her franchise-record numbers: games played (292), scoring (5,121), field goals (2,073) and minutes (8,981). Augustus is a six-time WNBA All-Star and a three-time Olympic gold medalist. She also has helped the Lynx win three WNBA titles and was the Finals MVP in 2011.

Whalen has spent her last seven years in the league with Minnesota; overall she has been in the league for 13 seasons. On the year, she has been averaging 10.1 points per game, 3.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds.

Whalen is the franchise’s leader in assists at 2,153 and there is no doubt that number will continue to get higher as she remains playing for the Lynx. Earlier this season she became the first player in the WNBA history to have 5000+ points, 2000+ assists and 1500+ rebounds. Whalen has two Olympic gold medals under her belt, three WNBA titles, and five All-Star game appearances.