The Los Angeles Sparks have extended forward Dearica Hamby’s contract for one year, making her a “foundational” player on the team’s roster. The exact salary of the extension was not disclosed. Hamby, who is currently 30 years old, is having a standout season, averaging 20 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 54.1% from the field and 48% from 3-point range. Sparks general manager Raegan Pebley praised Hamby’s leadership, mentorship, skill, toughness, grit, and courage, stating that the team is excited to continue building with her.

Having previously won a WNBA championship with the Las Vegas Aces, Hamby is a two-time All-Star and two-time Sixth Woman of the Year. She was acquired by the Sparks in a trade in January 2023 and has since become a key player for the team. Hamby expressed gratitude for the support she has received from the organization and looks forward to helping the Sparks reach their historical standard of success.

In her first season with the Sparks, Hamby started 19 of 40 games and averaged 8.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. In the current season, she has emerged as the team’s go-to player, leading the WNBA in double-doubles and rebounds per game. She is also among the top scorers and shooters in the league while playing the most minutes per game for the Sparks.

With the contract extension, Hamby is now committed to the Sparks through the 2025 season. She joins a group of players who are under contract with the team for at least the next season. Head coach Curt Miller praised Hamby’s contributions on and off the court, highlighting her energy and leadership within the team.

The Sparks will be facing the Lynx on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Fans can catch the game on ION.