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Free Agency: Chicago loses another starter, de Souza joins Stars

After a dismal 8-29 season, San Antonio looks again to the post position for the future. The team announced today it had signed center Erika de Souza, on top of acquiring Isabelle Harrison in a trade yesterday.

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The San Antonio Stars announced Wednesday the organization has signed three-time WNBA All-Star and 11-year veteran Erika de Souza.

“Erika gives us size and experience in the post,” said Stars general manager Ruth Riley. “She is a proven All-Star in our league and we are incredibly excited to have her join us in San Antonio.”

As a 6’5” center, de Souza began her career in the United States in 2002, winning a championship with the Los Angeles Sparks before departing for five years to play overseas. She then returned to the states on 2007 for a brief stint with the Connecticut Sun before spending the next eight seasons with the Atlanta Dream.

With Atlanta, de Souza was voted to the All-Star game in 2009, 2013 and 2014, and remains the Dream’s all-time leader in rebounds(1,034), blocked shots (171) and field goal percentage (.535).

De Souza’s next venture sent her to the Chicago Sky as part of a three-team trade in 2015, where she has played for the past two years.

In her 302 career games, de Souza has averaged 9.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game. She was also a part of the 2016 Brazilian Olympic team, where she represented her hometown of Rio de Janeiro.

Details of the deal have not yet been disclosed per team policy.

De Souza joins new teammate and fellow center Isabelle Harrison on the Stars 2017 squad, after the organization announced yesterday, it had traded All-Star guard Danielle Robinson to the Phoenix Mercury for Harrison.