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Sue Bird returning to Seattle Storm for 19th season

Sue Bird has played her entire career with the Seattle Storm after being the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft.

SEATTLE — Sue Bird is returning to the Seattle Storm for a 19th season after re-signing with the team.

Bird missed last season after undergoing knee surgery. The last time she was on the court for Seattle, Bird was leading the franchise to its third WNBA title in 2018.

She has played her entire career with the Storm after being the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft.

“It’s no secret how I feel about the city of Seattle and the Storm franchise. I’m a lifer and to be able to re-sign is extremely exciting,” said Bird. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the court with my teammates, and playing in front of our amazing fans.”

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The 39-year-old is the franchise's all-time leader in points, assists, field goals and steals.

“The thing about Sue Bird is that she elevates everything she touches to a championship level,” said Storm CEO and General Manager Alisha Valavanis. “Whether it is leading the Storm, USA Basketball or her fearless pursuit of equality – Sue expects greatness from herself and others. This is exactly why she is an icon not just for Seattle but for the country, and we are thrilled to have her lead us again.”

Seattle is also getting former league MVP Breanna Stewart back from injury for the upcoming season.

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