MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL- The Minnesota Lynx announced today that the team has agreed to a contract buyout with forward Angel McCoughtry.
“On behalf of the Lynx organization and players, I want to thank Angel for her faith in the Minnesota Lynx when she picked us in free agency,” said the Lynx head coach and general manager. Cheryl Reeve. “Angel is one of the WNBA’s all-time greats and we wish her the best.”
McCoughtry, 35, signed with Minnesota as an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 2, 2022. The 6-2 forward contributed a total of 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in about 20 minutes of play for Minnesota this season.
“Minnesota is a great organization and a class act,” McCoughtry said. “Thank you to Cheryl Reeve, the coaching staff and my teammates for the opportunity to come to Minnesota. Although the organization was very patient with my injury and helped me heal my body, it’s about sometimes what’s best for both parties. I believe in myself and know that I will be back to perform at the highest level. To my fans, thank you for your support during this time. It is because of your support that I will be back and ready to give the game everything I have.
The 12-year-old veteran was sidelined last season for the Las Vegas Aces due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a meniscus injury in her right knee she suffered in a game preseason on May 8, 2021. During her 2020 campaign, she started all 23 games for Las Vegas, averaging 24.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, and 2.5 apg. She had career-best percentages in all areas with 51.8% from the field, 47.1% from deep and 88.2% from the line.
McCoughtry led the league in scoring in 2012 (21.4 ppg) and 2013 (21.5 ppg) and is ranked 15th in the WNBA all-time scoring in total points (5,797), eighth in points per game (18.6), third in free throws made (1,512), eight steals total (627) and fourth in steals per game (2.0). McCoughtry played in 311 regular season games and 41 postseason games and holds the single-game scoring records for a WNBA Finals game (38, overall vs. Minnesota in 2011) and a playoff game ( 42, together against New York in 2010).
Selected by the Atlanta Dream as the first overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, McCoughtry led the Dream to three trips to the WNBA Finals (2010, 2011, 2013) among eight total playoff appearances. The 2009 Rookie of the Year, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2016) five-time WNBA All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018), a six-time All-WNBA selection (first team in 2011, 2015 and second team in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016) and six-time WNBA All-Defensive First Team member (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Last September, she was named to W25, a list of the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history, joining Sylvia Fowles and former Lynx players Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Katie Smith and Lindsay. whale.