The Los Angeles Sparks have waived guard Chennady Carter. “We thank Chennady for his contributions to Sparks and wish him much going forward,” Sparks CAO and general manager Karen Bryant said in a statement. statement Friday.
The 24-year-old has played a total of 24 games for the Sparks in the 2022 season. He averaged 8.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Averaging 16.4 minutes per game, Carter was one of the least used players on the Sparks roster.
Former Sparks head coach general manager Derek Fisher exercised a fourth-year rookie scale option for Carter at the start of the 2022 season. Under the league’s current CBA, fourth-year team options are guaranteed if exercised by the team, which would require Sparks to pay her $86,701 protected salary if she goes unclaimed via waivers.
Carter is objectively brilliant. She is currently showcasing her skills in a strong overseas season for Bursa in Turkey, where she is averaging 21.9 points and 5.7 assists per game on 63.6 percent shooting.
News of her release comes as the latest development in a tumultuous professional career for Carter. A three-time All-American for Texas A&M, Carter was drafted by the Atlanta Dream with the fourth overall pick of the 2020 WNBA Draft. In his rookie season, Carter averaged 17.4 points, 3.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. His breakout season was limited to just 16 games due to an ankle injury.
In 2021, he was suspended midway through the season for “conduct detrimental to the team” and did not return for the rest of the year.
Dream did not provide any additional details about the suspension of the player who finished second in Rookie of the Year voting last season. Some reports painted a vague, but still unclear, explanation of what may have led to the suspension.
In February 2022, the Sparks traded for Carter. During a season of low usage, he also suffered a knee injury and non-covid illness that season.
Under a new general manager and head coach in Kurt Miller, the Sparks are looking to make their first playoff appearance since 2020 along with veteran Nneka and Chini Ogwumike, Jasmine Thomas and Azura Stevens. The team also acquired former Las Vegas Aces forward Diorica Hamby before the trade deadline.