Katie Douglas returning to play for Connecticut Sun

Katie Douglas returned home to her native Indiana for the 2008 WNBA season.

Douglas is returning to her former summer home, Mohegan Sun Arena, after signing a two-year contract with the Connecticut Sun on Monday with an option of a third season.

"I am definitely excited to be rejoining the Connecticut Sun," Douglas said in a statement. "I had a great five years there playing in front of some of the best fans in the WNBA. I look forward to reconnecting with the community and to helping Connecticut become a championship contender."

Douglas, a six-foot guard, played for Connecticut during its halcyon era. She helped the franchise to a 104-64 record from 2003-2007 and two WNBA Finals. She was also the franchise's first All-WNBA first team pick (2006).

Connecticut traded Douglas at her request before the 2008 season as she wanted to be close to family.

"Katie's championship experience, her extreme competitiveness and her superior skill set will be a tremendous boost to our team," Sun coach Anne Donovan said. "We are all really excited to welcome her back to Connecticut."

Douglas, 34, brings a much-needed outside presence as well as veteran leadership to the locker room. The 13-year veteran ranks fifth all-time in league history in 3-pointers (633) and ninth in scoring (5,142).

Douglas played just four games last season due to a back injury and had successful surgery last fall.

Monday's signing is the second major move the Sun have made this offseason as they reshape themselves after their worst season (10-24). They acquired guard Alex Bentley from Washington in a March 12 trade in return for fellow guard Kara Lawson.

Connecticut has the first pick in April's draft. Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike is considered the top player.

All-Star center Tina Charles, Kelsey Griffin (forward) and Kalana Greene (guard) are all restricted free agents for Connecticut. Guards Sydney Carter, Iziane Castro Marques and Tan White are all unrestricted free agents.

Reserve forward Mistie Bass, an unrestricted free agent, signed with Phoenix last Thursday.

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