Bird signs one year deal with Storm

Updated: May 13, 2007, 11:55 AM ET
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SEATTLE -- Four-time All-Star guard Sue Bird has signed on for another season with the Seattle Storm. The deal is reportedly a one-year, $93,000 deal according to the Seattle Times.

Bird, the first player the Storm picked in the 2002 WNBA draft, said she did not agree to a longer term because of uncertaintly about whether the team will stay in Seattle.

"I thought it was just smart for me to keep my options open next year," Bird, 26, told The Seattle Times for a story in Sunday editions.

Bird will be an unrestricted free agent along with her teammates All-Star forward Lauren Jackson and guard Betty Lennox after the upcoming season, which begins May 19.

Last month the Washington state Legislature decided not to vote on a plan for a new $500 million partially taxpayer-funded arena. In response, Clay Bennett, the Oklahoma City-based majority owner of the Storm and NBA Seattle SuperSonics, said the teams likely would not play in Seattle after the 2007-08 season.

If Bennett doesn't get a deal for a new Seattle-area arena by Oct. 31, his $350 million purchase agreement allows him to move the team. Bennett's ownership group bought the Sonics and the Storm last July.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.