Sue Bird Ends Long-Time Stint with Spartak

USA National Team standout Sue Bird will not be suiting up for the Sparta&K MR Vidnoje starting next EuroLeague Women season, the team announced on Thursday.

Spartak general manager Steve Costalas announced the development, saying that the superstar point guard, who has been the team’s cornerstone for the past few years, has decided to transfer to another squad. Costalas, however, declined to name Bird’s new team, but he said that Bird will always be a Sparta no matter where she’ll go.

“She will not be with us next season,” said Costalas. “I wish her luck. It doesn’t matter where she goes, though. She’ll always have a Sparta&K red shirt on no matter where she plays.”

Bird, along with Diana Taurasi, who transferred to Fenerbahce last year, led the Russian powerhouse to four-straight EuroLeague Women title. But without Taurasi, Sparta&K fell short, losing against Halcon Avenida in the finals.

EuroLeague Women Champs Halcon Avenida to Undergo Massive Buildup

After ruling the EuroLeague Women tournament and Spanish tournaments at home, Halcon Avenida will undergo a massive buildup next season with the departure of almost their entire core.

Avenida coach Lucas Mondelo said on Thursday that of the 11 players they had this season, only Marta Xargay and Erika DeSouza will return, which will force them to start from scratch.

“Of the 11 players that have been here this year, nine will leave. Some for superior offers, others because they want more minutes,” Mondelo said. “Now we start from zero, work towards making good signings, create a new project and in a few seasons, try to be in the condition to battle for every title.”

Among the former Avenida standout who bolted out of the team were Alba Torrens, who transferred to MP Galatasaray, and Anke De Mondt of Wisla Can-Pack.


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