Angel McCoughtry leaves Atlanta Dream after 11 years

Out WNBA All-Star and Olympian Angel McCoughtry has said goodbye to the Atlanta Dream and signed with the Las Vegas Aces.

The Aces announced the move on Monday, which McCoughtry (photo) celebrated on Twitter.

“Viva Las Vegas, baby!” she wrote. “I am truly honored for the opportunity to continue my career and make my return to the WNBA with the Las Vegas Aces. I can’t wait to get to know the fans, community and bond with my new teammates.”

The Dream drafted the former University of Louisville star first overall in 2009. McCoughtry came out in 2015, and later told Project Q Atlanta that the city’s LGBTQ residents, “were the main community that really just supported me.”

McCoughtry, 33, injured her knee in the 2018 playoffs and missed the entire 2019 season. The Dream announced in January that it would allow her to test free agency, but didn’t rule out a return to the team, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Then the Aces signed her on Monday. The Dream thanked McCoughtry on Twitter after the signing. 

McCoughtry opened up an ice cream shop in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood in 2017. She told Project Q in May that she was looking to open a second Atlanta location. She also started an entertainment and production company. 

During her time in Atlanta, McCoughtry racked up five WNBA All-Star honors, won the league scoring title twice and won Olympic gold medals with both the 2012 and 2016 Women’s National Teams.

The Dream open the 2020 season on May 15.

Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood