The Hall of Fame-bound point guard joins the front office of the NBA Denver Nuggets as an associate in what amounts to an apprenticeship for the 38-year-old star who intends to return to the Storm in the spring for her 17th season and a chance to successfully defend the WNBA title.

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Sue Bird quit moonlighting overseas during the WNBA offseason some time ago.

In recent years, the Seattle Storm’s three-time league champion kept busy during the winter months working as a basketball analyst, coaching in various clinics around the country or making celebrity appearances.

These days Bird will try her hand at basketball operations.

The Hall of Fame-bound point guard joined the front office of the NBA Denver Nuggets as an associate in what amounts to an apprenticeship for the 38-year-old who intends to return to the Storm in the spring for her 17th season and a chance to successfully defend the WNBA title.

“I’m really excited to join the Denver Nuggets organization,” Bird said in a statement released by the Storm. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to learning from some of the best.”

Tim Connelly, Nuggets president of basketball operations, approached Bird with the offer.

“We are very excited to have Sue join our organization,” Connelly said in a release. “Her résumé certainly speaks for itself and as a still-active player she will offer an extremely unique perspective.”

Bird, an 11-time WNBA All-Star, ranks first in the WNBA in career games (508), first in career minutes played (16,171), first in assists (2,831), third in points (6,154), third in made three-pointers (855) and fifth in steals (652).