Wings' Diggins-Smith hopes to return in 2019, but 'can't speak for certain'
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Several weeks after giving birth to her son, Dallas Wings standout Skylar Diggins-Smith is already beginning to prepare for her return to WNBA action.

The four-time All-Star hopes to be ready at some point during the 2019 season.

"For me, it's just working my way back. I'm not 100 percent yet, but when I am 100 percent y'all will see me on the floor sometime. I plan for that to be this year. I can't speak for certain if I'll be out on the floor in game uniform this year, but I want you to know that's my plan," Diggins-Smith said Sunday in a video by freelance journalist Dorothy J. Gentry.

The 28-year-old averaged 17.9 points, 6.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game last year, her sixth since being drafted out of Notre Dame in 2013.

"I'm trying not to really say any timelines for myself because I'll be disappointed if I don't meet those," she added. "I really don't have any expectations except to come, get better every day, and do as much as I can do until I can do it all - until I feel like myself."

At this rate, the Wings might be hard-pressed to improve on last year's modest 15-19 record, which was just good enough to qualify for the WNBA's final playoff berth. In addition to Diggins-Smith's unknown timeline, reigning WNBA scoring champion Liz Cambage was not in attendance at training camp after requesting a trade earlier this year.

The Wings confirmed Cambage's trade request in January, stating the team would "work to resolve this issue while keeping the interest of our organization the priority." There has been no deal to date, although president Greg Bibb told High Post Hoops' Howard Megdal in April that several potential resolutions fell apart "at the 11th hour."

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