The Minnesota Lynx announced Thursday that the franchise has signed guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen to multi-year contract extensions. Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith had high praise for both players in the team’s press release:
“We are extremely excited to have extended the contracts of two of our franchise leaders and two of the best players in the WNBA…We are fortunate to have the opportunity to watch these outstanding individuals night in and night out and we are thrilled that they’ve decided to continue their careers with the Lynx as we drive toward the playoffs.”
Augustus, 32, was selected No. 1 overall by Minnesota out of LSU in the 2006 WNBA Draft. She has spent her entire 11-year professional career with the Lynx, compiling career averages of 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
During that time she has become one of the most decorated players in the world. Augustus has been named to six WNBA All-Star teams and five All-WNBA Second Teams while also taking home three WNBA Championships and a trio of Olympic gold medals for Team USA.
She was also the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2006 and WNBA Finals MVP 2011.
Whalen, 34, was the fourth overall pick in the first-round of the 2004 WNBA Draft out of the University of Minnesota. She spent her first six professional seasons with the Connecticut Sun, helping the team to the WNBA Finals in each of her first two seasons. Prior to the 2010-2011 season she was dealt to the Lynx, and she along with Augustus led the franchise to its first championship in 2011. For her career, Whalen has averaged 12.2 points, 5.1 assists and four rebounds per game.
Minnesota has become a dynasty in the league since the two players joined forces in 2011. They have won three titles since, and currently hold the WNBA’s best record at 26-6.