After three seasons with the Washington Mystics, Kristi Toliver has signed with the Los Angeles Sparks for a three-year contract. The guard, 33, spent seven seasons with the Sparks before signing with the Mystics in 2017. Howard Megdal of High Post Hoops was the first to report to report the news.
She has two WNBA championships — one with the Sparks and one this past season with the Mystics. While there has been no real hint of retirement for Toliver, it wouldn’t be surprising if she wanted to finish her career in the ‘House that Kobe Built’. After Bryant passed away last month, Toliver called him her “why” in an Instagram post from Jan. 27.
“I’ve made major choices in my life/career because of YOU”, Toliver wrote. “I want the ball in my hands to make big shots because of YOU. I wanted to win a championship so bad in Purple & gold because of YOU.
She even said she left Los Angeles to go to Washington, D.C. to pursue another ring because of him.
Toliver averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game in the 2019 season.
The Mystics and Sparks will face off in the first game of the WNBA season on May 16 in D.C.
For now though, Toliver is still an assistant coach on the Washington Wizards. It remains to be seen what happens to her after this NBA season but she remains on Scott Brooks’ staff — and we can assume she will still be in D.C. during the winter.