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Sparks sign veteran wing Bria Holmes

Connecticut Sun guard Bria Holmes drives to the basket against the New York Liberty on Sept. 1, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla.
Connecticut Sun guard Bria Holmes drives to the basket against the New York Liberty on Sept. 1, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla.
(Chris O’Meara / Associated Press)

The Sparks have signed veteran Bria Holmes, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward who has career averages of 6.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game. She was drafted 11th overall out of West Virginia by the Atlanta Dream in the 2016 draft.

Holmes played two seasons for the Dream, averaging nearly eight points a game. After taking the 2018 season off because she was pregnant, Holmes signed with the Connecticut Sun, appearing in 52 games. She averaged 5.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

“Bria Holmes is a competitor who puts pressure on the rim, defends with intensity, and provides us with youth, size, and athleticism as both a shooting guard and small forward,” said Derek Fisher, Sparks coach and general manager, in a statement released by the team. “Bria also brings experience having played meaningful minutes in the WNBA Finals and playoffs. Our staff is excited to welcome her to Los Angeles and we look forward to working with her on and off the court.”

Holmes, 26, said she is “truly thankful for this opportunity and to the Sparks for believing in me. I’m ready to compete and begin this new chapter with such an iconic organization. I’m looking forward to working with my new teammates, coaches and the entire Sparks family.”

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The Sparks have 12 players on its roster, although All-Star forward Nneka Ogwumike needs to re-sign. The Sparks designated her as their “core” player, giving them exclusive negotiating right.

The team lost three of their five unrestricted free agents this month in Chelsea Gray, Candace Park and Riquna Williams.

The Sparks introduce their newest player, center Amanda Zahui B., the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft who had a career year last season.

The team’s other unrestricted free agents from last year’s roster are 36-year-old Seimone Augustus and forward Reshanda Gray, who was signed as a last-minute substitute for Chiney Ogwumike. Her contract expired while she sat out of the 2020 season, and the Sparks maintain exclusive negotiating rights to the former No. 1 overall pick.

The Sparks have added center Amanda Zahui B. and guard Erica Wheeler in free agency while they re-signed restricted free agent guard Brittney Sykes.


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