Prepare for the fireworks, individuals.
The enjoyable interval of the WNBA offseason is on the horizon. As of yesterday, groups at the moment are allowed to submit qualifying affords and base assignments to their restricted and unrestricted free brokers respectively. That interval ends on January 20, with free brokers and (outdoors) groups in a position to negotiate offers on January 21.
With stars like Breanna Stewart, Candace Parker, and Nneka Ogwumike main the market – and with rumors already swirling of Stewart eyeing the Massive Apple – this is likely one of the most anticipated free company intervals in current reminiscence.
Below the star layer, it is price maintaining a tally of what is going on on with the Dallas Wings.
Halfway Final seasonChristina Williams from Women Speak Sports activities (observe her!) reported that Alesha Grey — an All-Star caliber winger for Dallas — would keep all through the commerce deadline, however was anticipated to be transferred throughout the season.
Properly, the offseason is right here, and that, in response to Williams, appears extra like an inevitability.
Here is her report from Wednesday evening:
SOURCES: Allisha Grey is anticipated to be traded from Dallas. Attainable locations embrace Washington, Chicago, Connecticut and Atlanta. Grey is within the closing 12 months of her contract and plans to observe free company when her contract expires.
– Kristina Williams
January 12, 2023
Not solely are we following Grey, however we even have potential locations!
The Connecticut Solar have appeared within the World Cup Finals (and misplaced to the Las Vegas Ices), however have their very own tightrope to stroll with the precise All-Stars. Breonna Jones, a two-time All-Star and sixth Girl of the Yr title, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. And due to Solar’s wage crunch, they could not have the ability to maintain it on the most deal it is price with out transferring a bit (or two) of their core.
Other than the Seattle Storm, there will not be a group on The W with a better potential roster turnover fee than the Chicago Sky. After dropping to the Solar within the Jap Convention Finals, they’re now going through a tough season. Parker is a free agent, as are All-Star guard Courtney Vandersloot, pitcher Ally Quigley and celebrity Azura Stevens.
The Washington Mystics are stacked with expertise, led by Elena Delle Donne and a pair of two-way forces in Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins. Although they’ve pending free brokers like Alisha Clark, Chateau Walker Kimbra, and Elizabeth Williams, they do not threat dropping. Nucleus A expertise like Solar and Sky, which makes it an thrilling touchdown spot for Grey.
After which, now we have the Atlanta dream, which organizational reform Ready them for long-term success. Not solely have they got expertise now — Ryan Howard has written “star” throughout her, and the massive, versatile Cheyenne Parker is coming off the most effective season of her profession — she’s full of canopy house.
In brief, the vacation spot roster has three current contenders and one group on the rise with loads of cash to spend. All 4 can use enhance fireplace specifically.
To that finish, it is simple to see why Grey would love it a lot. She was one in all six gamers to drop 40% of their threes whereas making an attempt no less than 4 in every recreation. Her means to play towards slanted defenses provides to her offensive worth. Add in her protection – the record of gamers who can defend the perimeter in addition to or higher than Grey is a brief record – and you’ve got one of the crucial versatile wingers within the sport, smack dab in the midst of her fame.
When gamers like her are within the business market, it is going to be important for a superb group to pounce. Her contract standing can complicate issues a bit; She has one 12 months left on her deal, and plans per Williams to check the market off subsequent season. However that is the form of participant you should not have an issue sticking with for the lengthy haul.
Of the groups listed, I might most likely give the Mystics the sting right here.
In gentle of some front-court Dallas questions – Isabel Harrison is an uninhibited free agent who is not removed from complaining about her enjoying time; Teaira McCowan is a restricted free agent with market worth within the air attributable to type of play – the Mystics might use Myisha Hines-Allen to title a package deal. Past that, the Mystics have draft inventory to make use of, together with the No. 4 decide on this 12 months’s draft.
Beginning 5 from Cloud, Atkins, Grey, Delle Donne, and Rookie of the Yr runner-up Shakira Austin (already Semi-elite defender) would problem the Aces for the most effective unit in The W.
Of the groups not included in Williams’ report, I am questioning if the New York Liberty might match into the combination. They might positively use extra strikes of their steady environment choices.
It was nearly humorous how higher their protection appeared – nearly 5 factors for each 100 stingy possessions — when Betnijah Laney returned to spin after recovering from meniscus surgical procedure. It was the one possibility for the Liberty winger who might defend credibly within the meantime additionally Draw the eye of defenders when operating the ball.
Whoever lands it, you’ll be able to put Grey’s identify on the record of gamers whose acquisition might assist form this 12 months’s title image at The W.