Prepare for the fireworks, folks.
The enjoyable interval of the WNBA offseason is on the horizon. As of yesterday, groups are actually allowed to submit qualifying gives and base assignments to their restricted and unrestricted free brokers respectively. That interval ends on January 20, with free brokers and (exterior) 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 Large Apple – this is among the most anticipated free company durations in current reminiscence.
Beneath the star layer, it is value maintaining a tally of what is going on on with the Dallas Wings.
Halfway Final seasonChristina Williams from Ladies 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 through the season.
Nicely, the offseason is right here, and that, in accordance with Williams, appears extra like an inevitability.
This is her report from Wednesday evening:
SOURCES: Allisha Grey is predicted to be traded from Dallas. Attainable locations embody Washington, Chicago, Connecticut and Atlanta. Grey is within the ultimate 12 months of her contract and plans to apply 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 Lady of the 12 months title, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. And due to Solar’s wage crunch, they could not be capable of preserve it on the most deal it is value with out transferring a chunk (or two) of their core.
Other than the Seattle Storm, there is probably not a staff on The W with a higher potential roster turnover fee than the Chicago Sky. After shedding to the Solar within the Jap Convention Finals, they’re now dealing with a troublesome 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. Though they’ve pending free brokers like Alisha Clark, Chateau Walker Kimbra, and Elizabeth Williams, they do not danger shedding. Nucleus A expertise like Solar and Sky, which makes it an thrilling touchdown spot for Grey.
After which, we’ve got 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 very best season of her profession — she’s full of canopy area.
In brief, the vacation spot roster has three current contenders and one staff on the rise with loads of cash to spend. All 4 can use increase fireplace specifically.
To that finish, it is easy to see why Grey would love it a lot. She was one in every of six gamers to drop 40% of their threes whereas trying not less than 4 in every sport. Her potential to play in opposition to slanted defenses provides to her offensive worth. Add in her protection – the listing of gamers who can defend the perimeter in addition to or higher than Grey is a brief listing – and you’ve got one of the 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 very good staff 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 sort 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 taking part in time; Teaira McCowan is a restricted free agent with market worth within the air because of fashion of play – the Mystics may 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 12 months runner-up Shakira Austin (already Semi-elite defender) would problem the Aces for the very best unit in The W.
Of the groups not included in Williams’ report, I am questioning if the New York Liberty may match into the combo. They may positively use extra strikes of their secure environment choices.
It was nearly humorous how higher their protection seemed – nearly 5 factors for each 100 stingy possessions — when Betnijah Laney returned to spin after recovering from meniscus surgical procedure. It was the one choice for the Liberty winger who may defend credibly within the meantime additionally Draw the eye of defenders when operating the ball.
Whoever lands it, you possibly can put Grey’s title on the listing of gamers whose acquisition may assist form this 12 months’s title image at The W.