Sparks bring back Ana Dabovic, sign Karlie Samuelson to training camp contract

The Los Angeles Sparks announced the signings of Ana Dabovic, member of the Sparks’ 2016 championship team, and Karlie Samuelson on Thursday.

Dabovic appeared in 46 games in her prior two seasons with the Sparks. As a rookie in 2015, Dabovic started eight of her 24 games, logging an average of 22 minutes per contest. Dabovic, 28, started her pro career back in 2005 with BC Herceg Novi in Montenegro.

Samuelson was signed to a training camp contract by the Sparks. Samuelson was with the Sparks in camp in 2017 but had to bow out early due to injury.

“It will be nice having Ana back on the team,” said Penny Toler, General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Sparks in Thursday’s release. “Her experience, hard work, and knowledge of the team will be a plus for our 2018 team.”

Dabovic was named to the 2015 All-Rookie Team, where she was joined by Jewell Loyd, Kiah Stokes, Brittany Boyd, Ramu Tokashiki and Natalie Achonwa.

The Sparks now have ten guaranteed contracts on their roster. The Sparks also announced that they had re-signed restricted free agent guard Odyssey Sims. 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Alana Beard is currently an unrestricted free agent.

Tiffany Jackson-Jones and Sandrine Gruda of the Sparks are also unrestricted free agents.