Bird, Wright re-sign with Seattle Storm

Bird, Wright re-sign with Seattle Storm
Seattle Storm's Sue Bird reacts to a call on her against the Phoenix Mercury during the second half of the decisive Game 3 in a first-round WNBA playoff basketball series, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in Seattle. The Mercury won 77-75. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE (AP) - Sue Bird is returning to the Seattle Storm for an 11th season and likely beyond after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the only WNBA franchise she's ever played for.

The re-signing of Bird and backcourt mate Tanisha Wright was announced by the club on Thursday. The two make up the longest-tenured starting backcourt in the WNBA, having started 117 games together since Wright was taken in the 2005 draft.

Bird was taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 WNBA draft. Bird says it's long been her desire to play her entire career in Seattle and this latest contract brings her a step closer to making that a reality. Head coach and general manager Brian Agler says getting Bird and Wright re-signed were the priorities in the offseason.