January 29, 2021 

Next Level, Episode 3: The end of an era for the Sparks, with SB Nation’s Sabreena Merchant

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Welcome back to Next Level, The Next’s WNBA podcast, hosted by Brendon Kleen, our Las Vegas Aces beat reporter.

In this week’s episode, we go deep on the team whose free agency period has dominated the headlines more than any other, the Los Angeles Sparks. Longtime Sparks reporter Sabreena Merchant of SB Nation joins the show to break down the departures of Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray, the Sparks’ front office situation, and how they build out the roster to move into their next phase under newly named general manager and head coach Derek Fisher.

Next Level will be back with more free agency insight, so keep an eye out!

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