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Former WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson is reportedly close to contract to return to Aces | Bleacher report

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The Las Vegas Aces and forward A’ja Wilson are “close to finalizing a deal” that would cement the 2020 WNBA MVP’s return to the team, according to Girls Talk Sports TV’s Khristina Williams.

Wilson, who is a restricted free agent ahead of the 2022 season, averaged 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in 2021.

The three-time All-Star, who the Aces selected from South Carolina as the No. 1 pick overall in the 2018 draft, led a team that finished second in the WNBA with a 24-8 record. Las Vegas lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the semifinals.

Wilson has a team that had clearly transformed the year before their arrival when the Aces ended their stint as San Antonio Stars in 2017.

A move to Vegas came in 2018 as the Aces improved by six wins and Wilson posted a team-high 20.7 points per game.

The Aces won 21 games and reached the 2019 WNBA semifinals before Wilson drafted a dominant 2020 season, dropping 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Las Vegas reached the WNBA Finals but lost to the Seattle Storm.

Las Vegas is undergoing a major change this year as the team hired Becky Hammon, former WNBA superstar and former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, as head coach to replace Bill Laimbeer.

Having Wilson back is an integral part of the Aces’ ultimate breakthrough and winning their first title in franchise history.

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