Zahui B. signs with Sparks and Williams heads to Las Vegas

<p>NEW YORK &mdash; Amanda Zahui B. is changing coasts after signing with Los Angeles on Thursday.</p>
<p>The free-agent forward averaged 9.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks for New York last season. </p>
<p>“Amanda Zahui B. brings rebounding, size and can space the floor from the center position,” Sparks general manager and coach Derek Fisher said. “She’s a great teammate and person who brings the type of toughness and work ethic we want in our locker room. We’re really excited about her fit with the Sparks.”</p>
<p>Zahui B. left Minnesota after her sophomore season and was selected No. 2 in 2015 by the Tulsa Shock. She was traded to the Liberty in 2017. One of her best games with the Liberty was a career-high 37-point effort against the Sparks in which she made seven 3-pointers.</p>
<p>“I am thrilled at the opportunity to continue my career with the Los Angeles Sparks,” Zahui B. said. “From my first conversation with coach Fisher, I knew right away that playing for the Los Angeles Sparks was a place where I could grow not only as a player but as a person. I’m so excited to be a part of this storied franchise and compete for a championship with my new teammates and fans.”</p>
<p>While Zahui B. signed with the Sparks, the team lost free agent Riquna Williams to the Las Vegas Aces.</p>
<p>“Riquna is a proven scorer in this league, and adds a great deal of depth to a roster that already had WNBA championship aspirations,” Aces coach and president of basketball operations Bill Laimbeer said. “She brings an energy to the court whenever she enters a game, and has become a consistent threat from 3-point range over the course of her career.”</p>
<p>Williams was the league’s Sixth Woman of the Year in 2013 while she was with Tulsa. The eight-year veteran also broke the league’s single-game scoring record with a 51-point effort that season. That mark was later broken by her new teammate in Las Vegas, Liz Cambage.</p>
<p>Williams was traded to Los Angeles before the 2016 season.</p>
<p>Over the last three years, she has shot 39.4% from behind the 3-point line, which ranks fifth in the WNBA.</p>
<p>Other moves Thursday included Seattle signing Stephanie Talbot. The Storm had acquired her from from New York on Wednesday in a deal for Sami Whitcomb. </p>
<p>“I am really excited to join the Seattle Storm,” Talbot said. “I have always followed the team, its culture and success and I look forward to being a part of it. I also look forward to continuing the great relationship the team has with some of Australia’s greatest. I can’t wait to get over to training camp.”</p>
<p>The Storm also signed veteran Ty Young to a training camp contract.</p>
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