Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 10:36 am  |  11 responses

Lauren Jackson Signs Three-Year Contract Extension With Seattle

The Seattle Storm inked three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson to a new three-year deal on Tuesday. The seven-time All-Star is in her 11th season with Seattle, making her the longest-tenured player on any WNBA roster. The Seattle Times has the details: “The league’s collective-bargaining agreement expires in 2013, so Jackson’s salary could change in the final season. Over the next two, she’s slated to make $105,500 in 2012 and $107,500 in 2013. ‘In the world of free agency and the reality of professional sports, it’s a real credit to Lauren’s loyalty to the city and to the franchise and Brian (Agler) building a culture that players not only want to come here, they want to stay here’ said Karen Bryant, Storm CEO and president. The seven-time All-Star was drafted with the top overall pick in 2001 and has grown to become a franchise leader in points (5,803), rebounds (2,357) and blocks (569). ‘It suits me down to the ground,’ said Jackson of the city. ‘The people are very eclectic and kind of crazy and I just fit in here. We have the makings of a really good couple of years. We’ve shown we can be successful, injuries aside, and I still have things I want to achieve here. Next year will probably be my last with the (Australian) national team, and then I’m focused solely on Seattle.’ Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, is rehabilitating from left hip surgery. She said she’d be surprised if she didn’t return to play this summer.”

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  • T-Money

    I know they make money overseas during the year too but 100k for the league’s top big man and the face of the franchise? That’s a farce.

  • SikhWitIt

    F’real, that is ridiculous. I wonder how WNBA teams are doing in terms of revenue compared to their NBA counterparts and whether that difference justifies such a gap in salary. If the teams are under the same ownership, one would think they would be sharing revenue. I guess the market dictates that $100K salary…

  • LA Huey

    Salaries subsidized by the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    T-money, not big man, big woman


    wooooooow. a 3 time mvp and a 7 time all star(we could say kinda lebron) is getting a mere 100K. Isn’t this owned by the NBA? 212 000 for 2 years?!? incredible. I guess Stern is capable of anything

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Seriously man, I’m not even a fan of the WNBA, but I respect what they do and I also think it’s ridiculous that one of their best players is making just over $100k.
    I mean, damn, wasn’t the league minimum for the NBA last year like $400,000?
    So a scrub like John Lucas III deserves more money than Lauren Jackson?

  • LA Huey

    Is the WNBA supporting itself yet? If it still needs it’s big brother to financially support it, Lauren’s salary is fair.

  • http://Slameonline Hoosier

    Revenue aside this crazy to me! As a fan of “the game” as whole I dont get it! W/out a doubt she is a top5-10 player and I find it hard to fathom the differences in salary for an NBA streetclothed scrub to make more from the game then a WNBA STAR!!! just sayin’

  • irondan21

    The L needs to cut the WNBA loose. Sink or swim ladies.

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