Sparks Waive Karlie Samuelson and Rae Burrell

LOS ANGELES (May 16, 2023) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today that Karlie Samuelson and Rae Burrell have been waived.

Samuelson’s most recent WNBA season was in 2022 with the Phoenix Mercury on a hardship contract. In 2021, she played with the Los Angeles Sparks where she started in three of 11 games played. She averaged 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and shot 47.8% from three-point range. She has played in 42 total WNBA games for the Los Angeles Sparks, Seattle Storm, Dallas Wings, and Phoenix Mercury.

Burrell was drafted with the 9th overall pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Sparks. She appeared in three games for the Sparks, then missed the remainder of the 2022 regular season as she rehabbed from knee surgery in May 2022.

The Sparks tip-off the 2023 WNBA season on May 19 at Arena against the Phoenix Mercury at 8 pm PT on ESPN.

About the Sparks

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 24 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.