Phoenix Mercury Re-Signs Candice Dupree
The Phoenix Mercury has signed three-time All-Star Candice Dupree to a multi-year contract extension, the club announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“In three years with the Mercury, Candice has proven to be the consummate professional and has established herself as a core member of this franchise,” Mercury President and Chief Operating Officer Amber Cox said. “She has worked hard on her rehab following knee surgery and it has been great to see her back on the court playing. We look forward to having her back completely healthy next season and for years to come.”
Dupree returned last Tuesday from a left knee injury that has kept her out of 21 games this season, but the seventh-year pro has been a pillar of consistency for her entire career. Before the injury she had started 151 consecutive games, the ninth-longest streak in WNBA history, which included 77 straight starts in a Mercury uniform, the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. Dupree missed just one game in the first six seasons of her career and started all but three of those contests.
In just over two seasons with Phoenix, Dupree has stamped herself in the Mercury record books with the two best rebounding seasons in franchise history, the top three rebounding games in franchise history and the most double-doubles in franchise history, among others. She also holds the highest field goal percentage in a Mercury career, shooting 59.3 percent from the field since joining Phoenix prior to the 2010 season. Her 2010 mark of 66.4 percent (231-of-348) shooting was just two made field goals off the best single-season mark in WNBA history.
Dupree is averaging 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds in 79 career games in Phoenix. Before the injury this season she averaged 17.3 points on 51.3 percent shooting through the first eight games, including seven straight games of at least 13 points, her longest streak since 2007 as a member of the Chicago Sky.
Dupree was originally selected by Chicago with the sixth overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft becoming the first draft pick in the franchise’s history. She was acquired by Phoenix on March 30, 2010 as part of a three-team trade that sent Cappie Pondexter to the New York Liberty. Dupree’s extension solidifies her in a core roster that includes Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor and DeWanna Bonner.
The Mercury closes the 2012 regular season with two home games remaining. Phoenix hosts league-leading Minnesota Friday night at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the Seattle Storm visits US Airways Center for the season finale with tipoff scheduled at noon PT. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. The Mercury will wear pink uniforms in both contests as part of the league’s Breast Health Awareness initiative. Tickets are still available by calling 602-252-WNBA or visiting phoenixmercury.com.