Liz Cambage chooses to terminate her contract with Sparks amid the playoff race

Liz CampageTime with the Los Angeles Sparks is over.

The team announced on Tuesday that they had done just that I agreed to a “divorce contract” With the 30-year-old center, only 25 games in her tenure at Sparks. The WNBA uses “contract divorce” for what is essentially a purchase.

“We share Lise Campage’s decision to terminate her contract with the organization with support,” said Eric Holloman, managing partner at Sparks. “We want what’s best for Liz and have agreed to part ways amicably. Sparks remains excited about our core group and focused on our path toward the 2022 playoff berth.”

This comes just five months after Cambage “It was Los Angeles or out for me,” he said. “There was nowhere else I wanted to be,” he said. After signing with Sparks two years later with Las Vegas Aces. She has averaged 13 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game this season.

Sparks (12-15) is sixth in the WNBA standings, but will have to fight to retain his playoff position over the last nine games. The Sparks and Wings (12-15), Dream (12-16) and Liberty (10-17) fall into two games each. The lynx (10-19) is also in the race.

Cambage is said to have “quit”, experienced with chemistry issues

“Chemistry issues” reportedly arose between Campag, a 6-foot-8 center, and Sparks as early as May, according to Kristina Williams, a Girls Talk Sports TV reporter. Williams stated that Cambage “quit” and had made verbal comments about her intentions leaving Sparks to several people within the organization.”

The timing is right because the sparks Coach and general manager Derek Fisher sacked On June 9.

Fisher’s time with the organization has become a bit noisy After the team hired him in 2018 without looking for other candidates. Best known in the city for his embodiment of Candice Parker in a playoff game, both Parker and point guard Chelsea Gray exited the team at free agency in 2021. Cambage was his big free agent signing with the 2022 agency after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The admiration seemed mutual as Campag has long spoken of his desire to be in Los Angeles. But things soon soured, and a video posted by John W. Davis of the Long Beach Post-Telegram began going viral. Fans noticed the body language of her teammates sitting next to her.

Interim coach Fred Williams said Cambridge has struggled with conditioning and faces two- and three-team encounters, according to Los Angeles Times. She recently missed matches after a game with COVID-19 and was listed as “back to competition conditioning”.

Cambag’s statements in Nigeria caused waves

The reported feud, which dates back to May, would also be consistent with Cambage’s video calling out players for the Nigeria national team with racist insults last summer. It was introduced to the public for the first time.

Cambridge left the Australian national team ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics For mental health reasons. However, it emerged after her departure that Cambage used insensitive remarks towards racism towards players in the Nigerian team during the training season and even physically assaulted a few players, According to Australian news outlets. Cambridge He denied these allegations.

The video and more detailed reports surfaced in late May, weeks after the start of the WNBA season. The video shows that she hits a player hard with her elbow. She allegedly contacted the Nigerian team with the “monkeys” and told them to “go back to your third world country” during the incident in a private altercation. She denied the allegations in The Instagram post has since been deleted. In the letter, she said she had been “physically assaulted” by a Nigerian player after an unintentional foul.

It has drawn attention because both Nneka Ogwumike, who has a deserved MVP season, and Chiney Ogwumike are Nigerian Americans. Their parents were born in Nigeria and the four daughters of Ogumaki hold dual citizenship. Nneka, Chiney and Erica Ogwumike, who were recruited in 2020, have been included in Nigeria’s provisional Olympic team even though Nneka The petition to play was denied. Coincidentally, Kambaj’s father is also of Nigerian descent, while Kambaj’s mother is from Australia.

Is Cambage’s career in the WNBA over?

The contract divorce may extend to the WNBA as a whole. She’s recording her worst points and recovery since she was a beginner and at times seemed uninterested in using her 100% height and physique advantage.

Campig, who was recruited in 2011 at the age of 19, returned to the WNBA in 2018 after a five-year hiatus as she played professionally in China and Australia. She set the WNBA record for most points scored in a game with 53 points against the New York Liberty when she played with the Dallas Wings in 2018.

Cambage traded with the Las Vegas Aces in 2019, playing two seasons until signing with Sparks in 2022. She was suspended for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lise Campage's tenure in Los Angeles appears to have ended this week.  (Photo by Meg Olivant/Getty Images)

Lise Campage’s tenure in Los Angeles appears to have ended this week. (Photo by Meg Olivant/Getty Images)