Lauren Jackson Signs Multi-Year Extension with Seattle Storm

Three-time Most Valuable Player Lauren Jackson will now be staying with the Seattle Storm for good after the defending WNBA champion reached a multi-year contract extension with the Australian superstar, the team announced on Tuesday night.

Jackson, who was named as one of the Top 15 WNBA players of all-time during the All-Star game in San Antonio two weeks ago, reportedly signed a three-year extension but the amount and terms of the deal was not disclosed.

“Clearly, Lauren Jackson is one of, if not the best, player in the world,” said Seattle coach Brian Agler. “She has been and will continue to be a critical part of the success of our basketball team. We want to keep her here in Seattle for a long time.”

The Australian national team standout, who is not playing for the Storm after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum on her hip, expressed his excitement with the development, although she disclosed that she will not be with the team for the most part of next season because of her national team duties.

“I’m excited about it,” said Jackson on signing a new deal with Seattle. “Seattle is like my home. It’s good to be able to continue my career here and pursue more championships. I spend more time here than I do in Australia. Just being in Australia and coming over here, I feel like Seattle embraced me.”

The seven-time all-star led the Storm on top of the league last season in which she was also named as the Finals MVP and the season MVP, her third in her career after bagging the prestigious award in 2003 and 2007, the year where she was also awarded as the Defensive Player of the Year.

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