Sparks waive Chennedy Carter after rocky tenure with staff

The Sparks waived guard Chennedy Carter on Friday, undoing one of many residual errors from the Derek Fisher period.

After becoming a member of the staff in a commerce from Atlanta, Carter performed in 24 video games throughout her one-year Sparks tenure, averaging 8.9 factors, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 16.4 minutes per sport.

She was benched for poor conduct throughout the season because the Sparks missed the playoffs for a second consecutive 12 months, and Fisher was dismissed as head coach and common supervisor in June.

Fisher, whose mis-steps final season included the star-crossed signing of heart Liz Cambage, despatched former All-Star MVP Erica Wheeler, a 2022 second-round choose and a 2023 first-round choose to Atlanta within the deal. The transaction primarily served as a wage dump for the Sparks, who as a substitute tried to tout the potential of Carter, a former No. 4 general choose who averaged 16.1 factors and three.4 assists in two seasons with the Dream.

Carter, who was beforehand suspended by Atlanta for conduct detrimental to the staff, by no means delivered greater than sporadic bursts of power. When Curt Miller was employed as head coach after the season, Carter was one in every of two gamers underneath contract with the Sparks, however Miller didn’t give the younger guard a ringing endorsement.

“She’s currently under contract and a talented player,” Miller mentioned on a convention name quickly after he was employed. “And as the roster plays out, everyone will be able to understand what’s long term for us.”

Miller and common supervisor Karen Bryant have retooled the Sparks roster in a busy offseason. They obtained their 2023 first-round choose again via a commerce with Connecticut that additionally introduced guard Jasmine Thomas to L.A., signed free agent Azura Stevens, a forward-center from the Chicago Sky, and re-signed star ahead Nneka Ogwumike. Guards Jordin Canada and Layshia Clarendon will compete for Carter’s roster spot after signing training-camp contracts.

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The Sparks open the season at Arena on May 19 in opposition to the Phoenix Mercury.