Tamika Catchings signs two-year contract, will retire with Indiana Fever

Tamika Catchings (file photo)
WNBA star Tamika Catchings will retire as a member of the Indiana Fever.

Catchings and the Fever agreed to a two-year deal that will run through the 2016 season. The three-time Olympic gold medalist announced her plan last fall to retire after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Indiana Fever news release on Catchings' contract

Catchings was picked second overall by the Fever in the 2001 WNBA Draft. After missing her first season due to injury, Catchings was named 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She won the league's MVP award in 2011.

"Since the day she put on a Fever uniform, Tamika has been a consummate professional and leader of our team," said Fever President and GM Kelly Krauskopf. "She has been the cornerstone of our franchise, always leading by example on and off the basketball court. Through the years, Tamika has built a legacy of determination and work ethic that has permeated our organization and will remain for years to come."

"I am really excited about signing my contract with the Fever. This organization has been behind me for my entire career and I'm thankful for the opportunity to close it out in the city that I have found as my home," Catchings said.

The Fever opens the 2015 season Friday, June 5 at Chicago. The home opener is the next night, June 6 against Minnesota.