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Mystics re-sign LaToya Sanders to a multi-year extension

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Sanders was a major rebounding and blocking presence for the Mystics off the bench last season. Now she's back to give Washington one of the deepest frontcourts in the WNBA.

Stewart W. Small

The Washington Mystics re-signed forward LaToya Sanders on Wednesday to a multi-year contract. Sanders was a restricted free agent for the 2016 season.

Sanders averaged 5.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in a bench role in 2015 after arriving midseason. She also led the team in blocks with 48.

This is a huge signing for Washington because Sanders was likely being courted by other teams so she could perhaps play a role as a starter. Emma Meesseman has a stranglehold on the starting power forward spot and Stefanie Dolson also figures to be the starting center long term.

However, it's also clear that she has bought into the vision that General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault has long-term for the Mystics. Regardless of whether she starts or not, Sanders will get her fair share of playing time and make a positive contribution this summer, presumably after the Olympics. Sanders is a Turkish naturalized citizen and may miss part of the season due to international team commitments.

Sanders' signing is a good thing for the Mystics, and her return will give them one of the deepest frontcourts in the WNBA.