WNBA season to open without Latta

Ivory Latta, along with Elena Delle Donne, put up 15 points in Washington's win over New York Thursday. Photo by Scott Cunninngham/NBAE via Getty Images.
Ivory Latta. Photo by Scott Cunninngham/NBAE via Getty Images.

As the deadline approaches tomorrow for WNBA teams to make final roster cuts, two-time WNBA all-star Ivory Latta is without a team.

The 11-year veteran has been with the Washington Mystics since 2013, but this season’s roster no longer includes her.

John Spencer, Latta’s agent with Five Forty Sports and Entertainment, said the decision was his client’s.

“(Latta) has had interest from other teams in the WNBA, but does not like her options and has chosen to train more rather than sign a contract at this time,” Spencer said.

A Mystics spokesperson said the organization opted to sign veteran guard Monique Currie when they didn’t sign Latta.

The former Tar Heel standout quickly became a fan favorite after arriving in Washington with her high-energy play and disposition. She served as the team’s emotional leader coming off the bench.

Last season Latta saw action in 34 games, averaging eight points in 17 minutes per game.

Off the court, Latta was the recipient of the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award for 2017, and a donation of $10,000 was made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation on her behalf, to honor her late father. At the same time, Latta also authored and promoted a children’s book, “Despite the Height,” which encourages young children to follow their dreams regardless of any obstacles they may encounter along the way.

Currie, who spent eight years in Washington earlier her career, played a portion of last season with the San Antonio Silver Stars before being traded to the Phoenix Mercury in late June. She finished the season averaging 10.8 points per game and 21.8 minutes per game.