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Lynx make it official: Seimone Augustus is back

The Lynx made it official Saturday, announcing the re-signing Seimone Augustus, who will play her 14th season for the club this summer.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be re-signing with the only place I’ve called home in the WNBA,’’ Augustus said in a release sent out by the team. “Being a member of this franchise means a lot to me and my family and I’m ready to continue what we’ve built here; and that’s a championship group.’’

The face of the franchise since being taken with the first overall pick in the 2006 WNBA draft, Augustus has won two Olympic Gold medals and has been a part of four Lynx WNBA title teams; she was the finals MVP in 2011, the first of those four titles. She ranks in the top five in points, field goals made, minutes, games and assists in WNBA finals history.

She is also the franchise leader in games played at started (358), points (5,836), field goals made (2,381), and minutes (10,763).

“What stands out is her loyalty,’’ Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said. “Especially at a time when you see – in all sports – that players don’t stay very long. What she has given us in loyalty and commitment has been something you don’t see any more.’’

Lynx assistant to become Chicago Sky's head coach

 
James Wade, an assistant coach with the Minnesota Lynx the past two seasons, is headed to Chicago to become the Sky's head coach.
A league source confirmed to the Star Tribune a report from wnbainsider.com saying the Sky plan on hiring Wade, with the official press conference scheduled for Tuesday.
Wade, 43, was an assistant coach for the now-relocated San Antonio Stars from 2012-2016 before being hired by the Lynx. He was credited with helping Lynx center Sylvia Fowles earn regular season and WNBA finals MVP during the 2017 season, Minnesota's fourth title in seven years. 
Wade will replace Amber Stocks in Chicago, who compiled a 25-43 over two seasons with the Sky, failing to qualify for the playoffs in either season.
The cupboard is not bare in Chicago. Wade will inherit a strong backcourt that includes Courtney Vandersloot and Diamond DeShields, who was named to the WNBA all-rookie team. 
Wade, who has also served as an assistant coach in Europe for years -- including the Russian Euroleague team UMMC Ekaterinburg the past two seasons -- has strong ties overseas.
It is unclear how the Lynx will replace Wade. One option would be to elevate Walt Hopkins from his current role as the third assistant.