By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — There was huge news for the Chicago Sky Wednesday, as it appears that two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker has decided to come home to play for the Sky next season.

Parker, who has played her entire 13-year career with the Los Angeles Sparks, is an unrestricted free agent and can’t officially sign with Chicago until Monday. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because no official announcement is allowed until Feb. 1.

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The 34-year-old Parker, a native of Naperville, was the No. 1 pick in 2008 by the Sparks. She would be able to finish her career playing in front of her family.

ESPN first reported the signing.

Parker played in all 22 of the Sparks’ games this past season and was the league’s defensive player of the year. She finished third in the the WNBA MVP voting.

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Parker won the league’s MVP in 2008 — when she was also Rookie of the Year — and again in 2013. She won a title with Los Angeles in 2016.

Chicago has a strong nucleus around Parker that includes guards Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley, as well as budding star Diamond DeShields.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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