Holdsclaw to return to WNBA with Dream

Updated: December 19, 2008, 1:56 AM ET
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Chamique Holdsclaw is returning to the WNBA.

The former No. 1 overall pick was acquired by the Atlanta Dream from the Los Angeles Sparks Thursday in exchange for the 13th pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft. Holdsclaw, an eight-year veteran, will return to the WNBA after a two-year hiatus.

"We are very excited to bring one of the best players in Tennessee women's basketball history to our roster," Dream president and COO Bill Bolen said in statement. "The excitement this will bring to our fans is huge. We think it's going to make a big impact on the Atlanta community and the entire southeast."

Holdsclaw spent the first six years of her career with the Washington Mystics, averaging 19 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. In 1999, she was named WNBA rookie of the year and was a starter in the inaugural WNBA All-Star game. In 2000, Holdsclaw was named to the Olympic team and earned a gold medal in Sydney.

Holdsclaw played for the Los Angeles Sparks, after being acquired in a 2005 trade for DeLisha Milton-Jones. She spent two seasons in Los Angeles before retiring in June 2007. At the time, Holdsclaw was averaging 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. After her retirement, she continued to pursue her basketball career overseas, most recently in Poland where she is averaging 17.6 points per game for TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow in Euroleague action.

"Coming back has been something that I have been thinking about for a while," Holdsclaw said. "The only thing that was holding me back was my body and being healthy. I realized that if I had the chance I would like to play this summer."