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Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry seems to hint at change

McCoughtry on Monday (Oct. 21) tweeted her thanks to the city of Atlanta. Whether that means retirement, a new team (she is an unrestricted free agent) or a nod to the Dream’s move to College Park is not yet clear.

Atlanta Dream v Los Angeles Sparks
Angel McCoughtry looks on as her Atlanta Dream teammates prepare to take the court against the Los Angeles Sparks on Sept. 3. An ACL injury kept her out of the 2019 WNBA season.
Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Earlier today, former Louisville and current Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry, who missed the 2018 postseason and all of the 2019 regular season due to a knee injury, went on Twitter and hinted at possible retirement.

“Atlanta! I’m grateful,” McCoughtry tweeted, along with a photo of her younger self. “Thank you for allowing me to grow as a woman here!”

It is still unclear whether McCoughtry is implying retirement, joining a new team or perhaps saying goodbye to Atlanta and hello to College Park.

In September, after the Dream announced she hadn’t been cleared to play, McCoughtry said in a team press release:

I am a competitor and I truly miss the game – I attempted to return this season but unfortunately I have not yet been cleared, and have been advised not to jeopardize any remaining years I have left to play professional basketball.

McCoughtry, 32, took the Louisville Cardinals to the NCAA championship game as a senior in 2009. She was drafted by Atlanta as the No. 1 overall pick that year. As a member of the Dream, she became a dominant offensive force and led the team to three WNBA Finals appearances. If she does retire before the 2020 season, she will certainly leave behind a legacy that is among the all-time greats, even though a WNBA title so far has eluded her.

McCoughtry was the 2009 Rookie of the Year and has averaged 20-plus points per game during five seasons of her WNBA career. She was an All-Star selection five times and has notched six All-Defensive Team honors.

McCoughtry is currently fifth all-time in scoring, with 19.1 points per game. She is second in steals per game with 2.1 (behind Tamika Catchings). She has played in Atlanta for her entire career.

Angel McCoughtry: 2018 WNBA season highlights