The Connecticut Sun signed Chiney Ogwumike to a multiyear contract extension on Saturday.
Ogwumike is still recovering from Achilles tendon surgery after injuring her left Achilles while playing in China last winter. She had surgery on November 30.
The WNBA does not have an injured reserve list, so The Sun, in strictly a procedural move, suspended Ogwumike to free a roster spot. The team opens training camp Sunday and can have only 15 active players.
“My teammates and I have been through the fire as young players, we’re still going through it,” Ogwumike said. “I’m not going to abandon ship. If anyone watched the end of last season, you know what special chemistry is growing on the court. I’m fully committed to see it come to fruition.”
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Connecticut Sun general manager and coach Curt Miller is excited to see what Ogwumike can do when she returns to the court.
“She believes in our vision and will continue to be an important piece of our bright future,” Miller said. “We will certainly miss her during the 2017 season but know she will be working hard to return stronger than ever.”
Ogwumike averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds last season.
“I was on the active on roster before and sometimes you have to sacrifice for your team to be successful,” Ogwumike said. “During this time that I navigate my rehab I want to make sure my team can be as successful as they can be on the court. I want a young player or a draftee to gain some experience so that when I do return, my team can be as good as it possibly can be.”