Candace Parker says she's treating this year as her final season in the WNBA

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Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker doesn't have much more to accomplish in the WNBA. She's a six-time All-Star, two-time MVP winner and two-time champion — the last of which came with her hometown team last year.

Parker, 36, is in the final year of her contract with the Sky, and said she is treating this year as if it will be her last in the WNBA.

That seems like a pretty strong hint at retirement. Parker did not directly use that word, but it seems clear that, at the very least, she's going to strongly consider retiring after this season.

Parker hasn't really made it a secret that the end of her career was coming soon.

After spending the first 13 seasons of her career with the Los Angeles Sparks, Parker left to join the Sky for the 2021 WNBA season. Parker was born in Missouri, but moved to Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, at a young age and grew up in Illinois.

Parker accomplished her biggest goal in her first season with the Sky, helping lead the team to a championship.

With that under her belt, Parker doesn't have much more to cross off on her list of career accomplishments. She's never won back-to-back championships in the WNBA, so perhaps that can be her final goal before she hangs up her WNBA sneakers for good.

Candace Parker with the Sky.
Candace Parker will consider retiring after the 2022 WNBA season. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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