The defending champion Seattle Storm lost league MVP Breanna Stewart to an Achilles injury, and star guard Sue Bird might miss the season after undergoing knee surgery.
The WNBA team starts its second season in Las Vegas on Sunday when it hosts the Los Angeles Sparks at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
A look at the 2019 WNBA schedule for the Las Vegas Aces, who play their home games at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The Aces finished their first season in Las Vegas with a 14-20 record. They open their second season as the betting favorite to win the league championship.
The Aces waived second-year wing Jaime Nared and sixth-year center Kelsey Bone on Thursday and will break training camp with 11 players, one shy of the roster limit.
Las Vegas ascended to the 5-2 favorite to claim the WNBA crown after acquiring 6-foot-8-inch center Liz Cambage, last season’s MVP runner-up, from Dallas.
The 27-year-old center worked with a variety of lineup combinations, but mostly teamed with projected starters A’ja Wilson, Kayla McBride, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young.
Center Liz Cambage is expected to practice with the Aces on Tuesday and the team opens its season Sunday against Los Angeles at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The 21-year-old from Notre Dame and the top overall pick in the WNBA draft had 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting in her first professional game, a 79-75 exhibition loss to Minnesota at Cox Pavilion on Sunday.
The game offers Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer a chance to evaluate his team against another team. The Aces are carrying 15 players, three over the regular-season limit.