Almost one month after cutting college basketball's AP Player of the Year from last season, the Wings announced they have signed center Megan Gustafson to a new deal on Thursday, June 13.
"Clearly the decision to bring her in was based on the roster challenges we're currently facing and the number of bodies we currently have available to play," Wings President and GM Bibb told The Dallas Morning News via phone. "As I mentioned to Megan, 'this is another opportunity. Come in and make it impossible for us to say goodbye.'
"As bodies get healthy and players return, we'll have some decisions to make down the road."
Gustafson, who suited up for her first game Saturday against the Atlanta Dream but did not play, was the Wings 17th pick in the second round of this year's draft.
Last season at Iowa, Gustafson led the nation in scoring, averaging 27.9 points on 70% shooting and averaged 13.5 rebounds per game. After the Wings drafted her in April, Wings President and GM Greg Bibb called picking her in the second round a "steal."
The Wings were granted the opportunity to bring Gustafson back because of multiple factors affecting their 12-player roster.
Veteran guard Tayler Hill will undergo knee surgery and will be out indefinitely, Glory Johnson will leave the Wings for Eurobasket to compete with Montenegro after their game against the Atlanta Dream on Saturday. The Wings have already been without guards Skylar Diggins-Smith and Moriah Jefferson since the beginning of the season and rookie guard Arike Ogunbowale is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Indiana Fever.
"I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to further pursue my dream of playing in the WNBA," Gustafson said in a team release. "I have learned that nothing in this life is guaranteed, but I will take full advantage of this second opportunity with the Dallas Wings whether it is for one day, one week, or 10 years."
The Wings host Phoenix Mercury at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.