Sparks Sign Forward Rae Burrell to Hardship Contract

LOS ANGELES (May 27, 2023) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today the signing of Rae Burrell to a hardship contract.

The Las Vegas native was drafted 9th overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. She appeared in three games for the Sparks in 2022 before undergoing season ending knee surgery. She was waived on May 16, 2023, during training camp.

Burrell attended the University of Tennessee for all four years of her collegiate career. In her breakout junior season, she averaged 16.8 points per game, shooting 45.8% on field goals and 82% from the free-throw line.


Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks are one of three original franchises in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sparks have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 2016), have qualified for the playoffs in 20 of their 26 seasons and remain the only active team in the league to win back-to-back titles. The Los Angeles Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at Arena has a championship level entertainment experience while showcasing the best female athletes from around the world on the court. LA Sparks 2023 season tickets are available here for purchase.