The Seattle Storm Signs Coveted Free Agents Skylar Diggins-Smith And Nneka Ogwumike

The Seattle Storm Signs Coveted Free Agents Skylar Diggins-Smith And Nneka Ogwumike

The Seattle Storm recently announced that six-time WNBA All-Star point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith has signed with the team. 

“Joining the Seattle Storm is the ideal next step in my basketball journey. The organization’s dedication to its players and the progression of the league is commendable,” said Diggins-Smith. “I’m laser-focused for the upcoming season. Stepping onto the court alongside Jewell, benefiting from the leadership of Noelle Quinn and feeling the energy of the Seattle Storm fans is a combination that I am confident will lead to success.” 

After making it clear that she joined the Storm to play with her college teammate, Jewell Loyd. But, she made sure to include that joining the team also meant playing alongside Nneka Ogwumike, who left the Los Angeles Sparks to play in Seattle.

But, the two newly acquired Storm players also credited ownership with deciding to land in Seattle an easy one. Well, that and the franchise has already won four championships.


The Seattle Times reported that Ogwumike spoke highly about the female majority-owned basketball team.

“If your ownership is investing that’s one thing, but if they are engaging that’s where you really see stuff happening,” Ogwumike said. “That’s when you really feel like the players are being taken care of. We can talk about all of these other resources, but the teams that have investment and engagement from ownership is the difference maker, and I really feel like Seattle is at the top of that.”

Diggins-Smith is joining her third team after playing for the Tulsa Shock/Dallas Wings in 2013, and previously suiting up for the Phoenix Mercury. She has reportedly signed a two-year contract for $422,685. Ogwumike left the Los Angeles Sparks after playing with the team for the past 12 years, she signed a contract for a year for $208,209.

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