Storm F Camille Little re-signed with Seattle on Monday. It’s a multiyear deal but terms of the deal were not immediately released. Little, a full-time starter since she was traded to Seattle from Atlanta in 2008, was a key member of the Storm’s 2010 WNBA championship team.
The 6-foot-2 North Carolina native didn’t miss a start in 2013, averaging 10.9 points and 4.7 rebounds to help Seattle advance to a WNBA-record 10th consecutive playoff berth. Little is currently playing in Kayseri, Turkey where she helped that team advance to a club-first EuroLeague Final Eight appearance. The competition begins April 7.
Little took some time Monday (evening for her) to answer a few quick questions about deciding to return to Seattle in her first stint as a free agent. With Little back, the Storm’s biggest issue remains replacing WNBA legend Tina Thompson in the paint since MVP C Lauren Jackson will not return due to injury.
Here’s the exchange with Little:
Seattle Times: Did you have your agent talk to other teams just to take advantage of your first free agency?
Camille Little: No way! The process was very short, I knew at the end of last season that I wanted to sign back with Seattle. I love this place!
ST: You weren’t happy with your 2013 season, what did you do this offseason to improve? Especially since it appears you’ll have an even bigger role with Tina and Lauren not returning.
Little: This off season I’ve continued to focus on my 3 point shooting and my overall game. I want to make sure that when my number is called I am ready, anywhere on the court!
ST: What has this run in EuroLeague play been like? You’re averaging 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in 13 total EuroLeague games for Kayseri.
Little: Qualifying for the Elite 8 has been so much fun and gratifying & playing with 2 of my closest friends (Tanisha Wright & LaToya Sanders) makes it even better. I don’t know if any one team in our pool is a bigger threat than the others. They’re all really good! It will definitely be some great basketball being played.
ST: When do you think you’ll arrive for Storm training camp? The EuroLeague championship game is scheduled for April 13 in Russia.