On Monday morning, Dallas Wings forward Awak Kuier announced that she will be forgoing the 2024 WNBA season and plans to rejoin the Wings in 2025.
“After a great deal of thought and consideration, I have decided to sit out the upcoming 2024 WNBA season,” Kuier stated. “I have been playing professional basketball continually for seven years and believe it is in my best interest to take some time off to rest and give my body a break from year-round play. I’m going to miss my teammates, the staff, and the Wings fans greatly. I look forward to returning to the team in the summer of 2025 and helping the Wings compete for a WNBA Championship.”
Kuier played 37 games for the Wings last season and averaged 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in just over 10 minutes per night.
The 21-year-old Finland native has been in the WNBA since she was just 19 after the Wings drafted her with the second overall pick in the 2021 draft.
“While we will miss Awak this season, we understand and are supportive of her decision to take the summer off,” Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb stated. “We look forward to rooting for her as she completes her overseas season and welcoming her back to North Texas in 2025.”
As for 2024, the Wings’ backup big rotation takes a hit with the news of Kuier’s opt-out.
The group could face another blow if they are unable to resign Kalani Brown who will likely demand a multi-contract in free agency this winter.