Sparks Waive Yang Liwei

LOS ANGELES (May 17, 2023) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today that Yang Liwei has been waived.

Yang appeared in two preseason games for the Sparks, where she averaged six points, three rebounds, and two assists in 16 minutes per game.

Yang averaged 9.3 points, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 rebounds in eight games in the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup. She shot 46.5% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc to help the team earn a silver medal finish.

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.