Skylar Diggins-Smith: ‘I’ve never told the Wings that I didn’t want to play for them next year’

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In spite of her critical and eyebrow-raising tweets aimed at the Dallas Wings organization, its face of its franchise, Skylar Diggins-Smith said they should not be taken as a sign she does not want to return to Dallas in 2020.

According to ESPNW’s Mechelle Voepel, she spoke on Friday after a USA Basketball team practice at Stanford prior to an exhibition contest with the Cardinal. Diggins-Smith mentioned the tweets she sent in which she lambasted the franchise for a “lack of support” and that she played the entire 2018 season while pregnant.

I got it off my chest. I’m ready to put some action towards the conditions for working moms in the league and every industry.

–Skylar Diggins-Smith

Almost certainly, she will start with the industry she is part of – the WNBA – as it continues CBA negotiations with the players’ union. Diggins-Smith felt her remarks were a reflection of not being listened to.

Sometimes when you’re not being heard, you’ve got to shout.

–Skylar Diggins-Smith

I’ve been with the organization the longest. I’ve always felt like I’ve shown loyalty to Dallas, so when I’m asking for things, that stuff should be reciprocated.

–Skylar Diggins-Smith

She said she has not had a conversation about free agency or if she could be cored by the franchise. As an unrestricted free agent, Diggins-Smith would likely receive a bevy of offers from other WNBA franchises especially considering her status as both an elite basketball player and a well-known celebrity outside of the realm of ball.

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