The WNBA is the league of ‘contract divorces’

Liz Cambage is the latest WNBA player to go through a contract divorce with her team.

Liz Cambage is the newest WNBA participant to undergo a contract divorce along with her workforce.
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The factor about marriage that most individuals do not realize, or overlook, is that it is a binding authorized doc — thus making it a contract. But, regardless of how divorce is the breaking of a contract, and union, the thought of placing the two phrases collectively has usually been a overseas idea — till the WNBA began doing it.

For the second consecutive season, WNBA gamers have been concerned in “contract divorces” with their former groups. It’s as if the two sides parted methods with their divorce attorneys by their sides.

“NEWS: @LASparksComply with Contract Divorce with Liz Cambage,” learn the tweet from the workforce earlier in the week.

“It is with help that we share Liz Cambage’s resolution to terminate her contract with the group,” mentioned Sparks managing associate Eric Holoman in an announcement. “We need what’s greatest for Liz and have agreed to half methods amicably. The Sparks stay enthusiastic about our core group and are targeted on our run in the direction of a 2022 playoff berth.”

On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes make clear how the saga culminated in a “contract divorce” after a battle over a jersey quantity alternative, critiques in movie periods, and on-court gripes Cambage had along with her teammates. Things by no means bought higher in Los Angeles after stories surfaced that the purpose Cambage left the Australian National workforce earlier than the 2021 Olympics resulting from “psychological well being considerations” was as a result of she known as gamers on the Nigerian nationwide workforce “monkeys” — one thing she nonetheless denies. Ironically, the leaders of the Sparks are sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike who’re in Nigeria.

You can think about how issues have been in that locker room, because it all led to a “contract divorce” — one thing that Tina Charles additionally had an entanglement with this season.

“After discussions with Tina and her agent, it was greatest for each events to go our separate methods at the moment,” wrote Phoenix GM Jim Pitman in an announcement. “Due to circumstances each out and in of our management, our season has not gone in accordance with our plan, and we are going to proceed to pursue all avenues for enchancment.”

After shedding in the WNBA Finals final season, issues have not gone proper for the Mercury as their greatest participant — Brittney Griner — has been locked away in a Russian jail cell for greater than 160 days. Charles bought out, and she or he’s presently taking part in for the Seattle Storm who’re in second place in the Western Conference.

If you are a bit confused about this course of, here is the way it works.

Teams and gamers have the proper to mutually conform to terminate a contract earlier than it is up. After that, the workforce has to request waivers, adopted by approval from the commissioner. Once that is taken care of and the participant clears waivers, the contract is terminated and the quantity of the participant’s remaining wage shall be both lowered or eradicated. In less complicated phrases, it is sort of like a contract buyout after a participant has requested to be launched. And after that, each side made a deal about the cash and no matter is, or is not, owed.

And whereas Charles and Cambage have been the ones that made headlines, there have been 5 “contract divorces” in the WNBA in 2022. There have been solely three final season.

Breakups are regular, and guidelines — and contracts — have been made to be damaged. But over the previous two seasons, the WNBA has given us a brand new time period. And so the subsequent time a relationship, enterprise deal, job, or state of affairs is not figuring out for you, channel your internal Liz Cambage and Tina Charles and search a “contract divorce.”

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