February 9, 2023
Jordin Canada re-signs with Sparks
The veteran point guard is back but this time on a training camp contract.
The Los Angeles Sparks continued making offseason moves this week with the announcement that they had re-signed veteran point guard Jordin Canada. Only this time there’s a catch. Now entering her sixth season in the WNBA, Canada will have to make the team in preseason as she was signed to a training camp contract.
Canada will surely have some competition at the point guard position when it comes to earning a coveted regular-season roster spot. Over the weekend the Sparks signed veteran guard Layshia Clarendon also on a training camp contract.
Canada, an LA native who starred at UCLA and Windward High School, had a bit of an up-and-down season last year and quite frankly it appeared as if the Sparks were ready to head in a different direction. Maybe Canada wanted to stay home even if it means nothing is guaranteed or maybe the new front office brass felt like last season was more of an anomaly and Canada has more to show.
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Last season, Canada averaged 9.2 points per game, 2.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 14 percent from the three-point line. She is an experienced ball-handler and a very good defensive player, but the Sparks are in desperate need of consistent three-point shooting, especially at the guard positions.
Canada also split time between starting and coming off the bench. She played in 32 games last season and started 25 of them. As a backup point guard, Canada might not be a bad option if she ends up beating out Clarendon for a roster spot. If the Sparks can surround her with consistent shooting in the second unit, then it could work. She did well as a backup point guard during the 2018 season as a rookie behind Sue Bird and helping the Seattle Storm win a championship.
The move now brings the Sparks’ current roster to 12 players with the expected re-signing of both Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike. They still will have the No. 10 pick in the upcoming draft and will likely invite a few other players to training camp as well.
Written by David Mendez-Yapkowitz
David has been with The Next team since the High Post Hoops days when he joined the staff in 2018. He is based in Los Angeles and covers the LA Sparks, Pac-12 Conference, Big West Conference and some high school as well.