The Sparks are going to wait to make a move

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Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said the team has decided to wait until after an upcoming two-game road trip to decide whether to sign free agents.

Gillom had said Monday that the team was interested in signing a center immediately because Candace Parker, who had been playing the center position, will undergo surgery on a dislocated left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season.


However, Gillom said Tuesday that the team has decided against making any moves until after the road trip that ends Sunday.

‘We wanna see if this works,’ Gillom said. ‘We haven’t given it a chance. They’ve only played one game without Candace.’

Gillom said she’s still very interested in pursuing free agent Courtney Paris, a 6-foot-4 center who was waived by the Chicago Sky last month.

‘I think Courtney would probably be a player who could help us, but I don’t want to make that decision quickly,’ Gillom said. ‘I want to make sure we give this team a chance to step up on their own. Once you start adding people or subtracting people, the team mentality changes. Right now, we just want to see what our team does.’

The Sparks (3-8) will play at Washington (7-4) on Thursday and at Atlanta (9-4) on Sunday.

-- Melissa Rohlin