Los Angeles Sparks guard and two-time WNBA champion Kristi Toliver signed through the 2022 league season, but she already has an offseason gig waiting for her.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks are hiring Toliver as an assistant coach. The 34-year-old is no stranger to such duties, having spent part of two previous seasons as an assistant with the Washington Wizards.
As ESPN notes, coaching in the NBA won’t affect Toliver’s state of play at least until next year.
In July 2018, Toliver admitted Kendra andrews The Washington Post was already thinking about the next step in her professional career that will come every time she steps away as an active player.
“Training has always been on my radar just because I want to stay involved in the game,” Toliver said at the time. “I know I love the NBA; I grew up around the NBA. So now that I’m getting older … it’s like, ‘Okay, let me see if I want to do training.’ And it is: 1,000 percent. It would be. a dream “.
Toliver he’s averaging 9.5 points per contest for the Sparks this WNBA season.