The Indiana Fever announced Friday morning the signing of former Storm center Yolanda Griffith. An unrestricted free agent, Griffith negotiated with the Storm about a possible return before ultimately deciding the Indiana Fever was a better fit at this stage of her career.
"We are disappointed that Yolanda will not be returning to the Storm for a second season, but we respect her decision to join the Indiana Fever," Storm Head Coach Brian Agler said in a statement.
"We were fortunate to have Yolanda on our team this past season - her veteran leadership was invaluable. We can’t thank her enough for the contributions she made on the court and in the Seattle community, and we wish her the best of luck with her new team."
The Storm already bolstered its depth at center last week by bringing back Janell Burse, the team's starter at the position from 2005 through 2007 before deciding to sit last season out, and re-signing reserve post Ashley Robinson. With plenty of room under the salary cap, Agler and company will be able to sign another player as part of the frontcourt rotation while leaving space for unrestricted free agent Lauren Jackson.
Griffith signed with the Storm as an unrestricted free agent last April and started all 30 games she played during her lone season in Seattle, averaging 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.