Tulsa Shock have announced that Australian center Liz Cambage will not return to the team in 2012.
Cambage was scheduled to fly to Tulsa yesterday, but she “missed” the flight. Today she called the team president Steve Swetoha that she doesn’t intend to return to Tulsa this season.
“It’s her decision. We did everything we could to get her to come back. We’re disappointed, but we have a young, good group that is starting to come together and we’re focusing on ending this season and building a foundation for the future. We’re looking forward to having her back with us in 2013,” Swetoha is quoted by Tulsa World.
Cambage’s agent in the team’s release: “Over the past 6 months Liz has been involved with the Australian National Team as they prepared for the 2012 London Olympics. She has returned from the Olympic campaign physically exhausted and is in need of some recovery time. Unfortunately this will make her unavailable for the remaining few weeks of the WNBA season. We are aware that this is an unfortunate situation and we appreciate and thank Tulsa Shock for their understanding.”
While this doesn’t help Tulsa in near future, it might work out in a bit longer term. By not showing up this season, Cambage will not be able to burn off a year of her rookie contract. With team option she can remain on rookie contract throughout the 2015 season. While Tulsa is not bothered by salary cap right now, who knows what the situation will be like by 2015.