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Aces sign former All-Star as they continue road trip short-handed

Updated May 31, 2024 - 9:42 am

The Aces’ roster is back to 12 players.

The back-to-back WNBA champions have signed guard Tiffany Hayes, the team announced Friday morning.

Hayes, a 2017 All-Star, announced her retirement following the 2023 season with the Connecticut Sun. She spent her first 10 seasons with the Atlanta Dream, whom the Aces will face on the road at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Hayes won’t play Friday, a person close to the team confirmed.

The 34-year-old was selected 14th overall in the 2012 WNBA draft out of Connecticut. She was traded to the Sun in February 2023. The two-time NCAA champion has averaged 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists throughout her career.

“Joining the Aces will be very exciting for me,” Hayes said a statement. “I’m just grateful that they are willing to work with me, as I am diving headfirst into a new era in my life. It will be nice to experience the West Coast and this organization as I join them on the road to another winning season. I have no doubts that there is something special brewing, and I’m just another great ingredient being added to the mix.”

The Aces were down to nine healthy players before Hayes’ arrival after waiving rookie guard Dyaisha Fair on Sunday.

General manager Natalie Williams said Wednesday the team wasn’t necessarily looking for a point guard despite the fact that Chelsea Gray has yet to play this season with a lower left-leg injury. The Aces just wanted an experienced player. Hayes fits that description.

“Tiffany is a fiery competitor with a winner’s mentality,” Williams said in a statement Friday. “A savvy veteran who will be a great addition to our team.”

Hayes, listed at 5 feet, 10 inches, averaged 12.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season. She played in China this offseason and is not in violation of the WNBA’s prioritization rules because she finished playing overseas by the time the season started.

Contact Callie Lawson-Freeman at clawsonfreeman@reviewjournal.com. Follow @CallieJLaw on X.

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