There seems to be no love lost between WNBA All-Star center Liz Cambage and the Los Angeles Sparks.
On Wednesday (AEST), the team announced it agreed to a contract divorce with the Australian center — who originally signed a one-year deal with the Sparks as a free agent in February.
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“It is with support that we share Liz Cambage’s decision to terminate her contract with the organization,” Sparks Managing Partner Eric Holoman said in a press release.
“We want what’s best for Liz and have agreed to part ways amicably. The Sparks remain excited about our core group and are focused on our run towards a 2022 playoff berth.”
The team announced the move a day after “The Ball Out” reported on Monday that Cambage was departing the team.
Interim head coach Fred Williams said Cambage struggled with conditioning and facing double- and triple-team match-ups, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Williams also said Cambage opted to leave: “I have to respect what she wants.
“Once a person gives you that verbally what she wants, you have to listen because it could be something else, could be something that’s not related to basketball.”
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Cambage’s messy exit was sealed after the Sparks were on the wrong side of an 84-66 scoreline against her former side Las Vegas Aces.
According to yahoo sportsCambage was bitterly complaining throughout the game due to her teammates not giving her the ball enough – a complaint she had reportedly made throughout the season.
Her Sparks teammates then made a concerted effort to give her the ball at almost every opportunity, no matter what play was being run.
After the match, Cambage made a hasty exit out of the locker room but before she walked out, the former Opals star reportedly said: “I can’t do this anymore. Best of luck to you guys.”
Cambage, 30, has yet to address the news, which came the same day rumors emerged that she reportedly “quit” the team.
The split also came just over a month after the Sparks fired head coach and general manager Derek Fisher on June 9.
Cambage made comments about her intentions to leave the Sparks to multiple people within the organization, according to Girls Talk Sports TV, which reported chemistry issues amongst Los Angeles players that date back to late May.
Chemistry issues with teammates, however, didn’t play a role in Cambage’s split from the Sparks, according to Alexis Robinson, founder of The One Brand Agency, a PR firm that works with Cambage.
That’s despite Cambage having racially abused Nigerian players during an Opals warm-up game ahead of the Olympics – and with multiple teammates in Los Angeles being Nigerian, especially Ogwumike sisters Nneka and Chiney.
Lincoln Anthony Blades tweeted: “Let’s just call it what it is: the Sparks signed Liz Cambage without notifying their star players (Nneka & Chiney — both Nigerian who KNEW what she did) because they didn’t really give a shit about/didn’ t investigate her beef with the Nigerian team.”
The four-time WNBA All-Star joined Los Angeles after two years with the Las Vegas Aces.
“It was LA or out for me. There was nowhere else I wanted to be, ”Cambage said in February about her move from Ella to the Sparks.
But after being drafted by the Tulsa Shock in 2011 as the second overall pick, Cambage has played in just five WNBA seasons – and now looks likely to never play in the world’s top league again.
She skipped the 2012 season to prepare for the London Olympics, before opting not to play from 2014 to 2017 due to not wanting to play with the Tulsa franchise. She rejoined the team in 2018 after the franchise moved to Dallas in 2016.
The 6-foot-8 center averaged 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25 games with the Sparks this season, her lowest averages since her rookie season.
And according to Yahoo Sports, “There are currently no interested WNBA teams, sources say.”
The Sparks (12-15) play the Mercury (12-16) in Phoenix on Thursday.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reposted with permission