On July 4, 2020, it was reported that All-star Liz Cambage would opt-out for the 2020 WNBA Season after the signing of Avery Warley-Talbert. Howard Megdal first reported the news on Twitter. Last month, the Aces also announced that Kelsey Plum would miss the season due to Achilles’ injury. Cambage sitting out is a massive loss for the Aces, who are still in search of a first WNBA Championship.
Avery Warley-Talbert last played in the WNBA for the New York Liberty in three games last season. In overseas play for Cankaya, she averaged 11.0 PPG and 10.7 RPG. Add into that; she also had a shooting percentage of 68.6 percent.
Liz Cambage Has Found Her New Home Last Season
Before the 2019 season, Cambage was traded to Las Vegas from Dallas on May 16, making the Aces one of the championship contenders in the WNBA. Later in the season, she was named an All-Star for the second time in her career. She played for team Wilson as they took a thrilling 119-112 victory over Team Delle Donne. She had eight points and six rebounds as a starting center. The twin towers of Cambage and Wilson led the Lady Aces to a 21-13 record. Along with a first-round bye in the playoffs as the fourth seed. In the regular season, she averaged 15.9 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 2.1 APG as a starting center for 30 (played a total of 32) games.
Cambage’s Spectacular Playoff Performance
Cambage took part in the playoffs for the second time in her career, but this time with the Aces. In the second-round single-elimination game, Cambage led the Aces to an incredible 93-92 win over the Sky with a double-double 23 points, 17 rebounds, six blocks, two steals, and an a assist. In the semifinals, the Aces lost to eventual WNBA champion Washington Mystics in four games. Overall, her statistics proved to be outstanding as Cambage moderated 23.6 PPG, 11.4 RPG, and 2.0 APG.
Cambage re-signed with the Aces as an unrestricted free agent on April 22, 2020. Penny Guevara stated that she belongs to the Aces last October. Cambage has described her experience of playing with the Aces:
“Last season was special—one where I fell in love with this team, my teammates, Las Vegas, and everyone at the Aces and MGM who help make us feel like one big family,” said Cambage. “I am lucky to be a part of this amazing organization, and I am so excited to continue my journey here. I can’t wait to get back to Vegas and feel the love and support from the WNBA’s best fans.”-Liz Cambage on playing with the Aces in the 2019 season.
I’m sure I will miss seeing her play on the court this year. I can’t wait to see one of the best centers of the league play again next season!