It’s WNBA Free Agency time! With still a week or so left before signings can be announced, I thought it would be a neat idea to speculate on where cored players and unrestricted free agents could end up this summer. I did this in 2020 (you can look back to see which ones I was right about and which ones I was very wrong about) and in 2019.
I did not include restricted free agents, reserved players and suspended “contract expired” players. For the full list and explanation of the types of free agents, Richard Cohen of Her Hoop Stats wrote all about in the Her Hoop Stats newsletter here.
Liz Cambage – Las Vegas – The Las Vegas Aces have a new owner and with so much uncertainty around the Olympics, I’m not sure exactly what Liz Cambage will want to do. I don’t think she wants to move and I do think she likes the Aces, but when it comes to the WNBA and Liz Cambage over the years, I think this is a wait and see what happens transaction. I just don’t know.
Natasha Howard – Seattle – I think that Natasha Howard re-signs with the Seattle Storm.
Nneka Ogwumike – Los Angeles – I am pretty sure Nneka will re-sign with the Los Angeles Sparks. There’s no way she would want to move out of Los Angeles with her sister being on the team and she’s made her home in LA.
Unrestricted Free Agents
Natalie Achonwa – Indiana – Natalie Achonwa may get some interest from other teams, but ultimately, I can see her re-signing back with the Indiana Fever. There’s just so much history there for her, going to Notre Dame for her college career and then being drafted by the Fever.
Kayla Alexander – Minnesota – She will most likely get offers from other teams, it’s just not known what team that could be at this time.
Seimone Augustus – Los Angeles – It is very weird to say the least to see Seimone’s name associated with the Sparks even after she moved teams last season. I can see Los Angeles offering another deal to Seimone, but ultimately it is her decision. I’m not sure where she will end up.
Alex Bentley – Alex Bentley is an interesting case. I think some teams will offer her a deal, but I don’t know which ones, exactly. I think she’s worth taking a one year deal with a team. She can still play and ultimately it will come down to a team that is willing to take the risk.
Sue Bird – Seattle – This is easily a no brainer. I think Sue Bird signs a one year deal and retires at the end of the season. Keep in mind, she turned 40 in October and with the uncertainty of the Olympics, Bird will will want to move on. She’s had a long career, she does not need to prove herself and she has a long list of accomplishments to look back on. Plus, she can now focus more on her ESPN analyst role/other projects.
Jessica Breland – Phoenix – I’m not too sure about Jessica Breland. I could see Phoenix giving her another deal, but she may want to move on. I’m not sure where she will end up.
Essence Carson – Connecticut – I think Essence Carson re-signs with Connecticut.
Tina Charles – Washington – Tina Charles will re-sign with Washington and I think Mike Thibault will give her a longer deal. I could see them signing her for 3 years.
Karima Christmas – Kelly – Karima Christmas-Kelly can still play and I can see her on a team, but it would have to be a team that has the cap space to sign her as her salary level is a bit higher than previously.
Alysha Clark – Seattle – Good luck to the Seattle Storm on this. Alysha Clark is going to get a ton of offers and good money too. They are going to have a hard time keeping her, so I can see her landing on another team, possibly to a team that will give her a higher salary.
Sydney Colson – Chicago – I think Sydney Colson re-signs with Chicago.
Jamierra Faulkner – Chicago – Jamierra Faulkner has retired.
Cierra Burdick – Las Vegas – I can see Cierra Burdick re-signing with Las Vegas.
Alaina Coates – Washington – I can see Alaina Coates re-signing with Washington.
Candice Dupree – Indiana – I strongly believe that Candice Dupree will re-sign with Indiana and it may be for three to four years because Dupree will turn 37 in August and so this will most likely be her final contract.
Chelsea Gray – Los Angeles – The Sparks should do everything they can to keep Chelsea Gray. She’s one of the best free agents out there and WNBA teams know it. I do think there’s a strong chance she will end up re-signing with the LA Sparks, but I would not be a bit surprised if she lands somewhere else.
Reshanda Gray – Los Angeles – I’m not sure where Reshanda Gray will sign. Most likely it will be Los Angeles, but I’m not too sure.
Tianna Hawkins – Washington – I strongly believe that Tianna Hawkins will re-sign with the Washington Mystics.
Bria Holmes – Connecticut – I strongly believe that Bria Holmes will re-sign with the Connecticut Sun.
Megan Huff – I don’t think she ends up on a WNBA team this summer. I could be wrong, however, but at this moment, I don’t see it.
Alisia Jenkins – Phoenix – I also don’t see her on a WNBA team this summer.
Glory Johnson – Atlanta – I think she re-signs with the Atlanta Dream.
Shenise Johnson – Minnesota – She will most likely end up on another team.
Alexis Jones – I think a WNBA team may pick her up, I’m just not sure which one yet, but I can see her on a WNBA team this summer.
Betnijah Laney – Atlanta – I think she re-signs with the Atlanta Dream.
Jantel Lavender – Indiana – I could see her getting some interest from other teams, but ultimately, I think she will re-sign with the Indiana Fever.
Kayla McBride – Las Vegas – Good luck to the Las Vegas organization with this free agent. Kayla McBridge is going to garner a lot of interest after Chelsea Gray and the Aces better come with some good money otherwise I could see Kayla McBridge going to another team.
Emma Meeseman – Washington – I strongly believe Emma Meeseman will re-sign with the Washington Mystics.
Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis – I think she will re-sign with the Connecticut Sun.
Candace Parker – Los Angeles – Candace Parker has built her entire home in LA, she has TV analysts roles and other projects going on that would suggest that she will re-sign with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Cheyenne Parker – Chicago – I think she will re-sign with the Chicago Sky.
Theresa Plaisance – Connecticut – I think that she will re-sign with the Connecticut Sun.
Aerial Powers – Washington – I think that she will re-sign with the Washington Mystics.
Epiphanny Prince – Seattle – I don’t know about this one. I could see her back again with Seattle or another team. I’m not sure.
Danielle Robinson – Las Vegas – I think she re-signs with Las Vegas.
Sugar Rodgers – Las Vegas – I think she re-signs with Las Vegas.
Kamiah Smalls – Indiana – I’m not sure where she will end up. She could be back with Indiana or not on a team at all this summer.
Carolyn Swords – Las Vegas – I think she will re-sign with the Las Vegas Aces.
Diana Taurasi – Phoenix – This is another no brainer. Diana Taurasi will re-sign with Phoenix and it may be for two years as Taurasi will turn 39 this summer. With the uncertainty of the Olympics, like Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi will also want to move on.
Alyssa Thomas – Connecticut – With Alyssa Thomas’s recent injury, the Sun may suspend her for this upcoming season and sign her next season to a longer deal. I don’t see Alyssa Thomas leaving the Connecticut Sun.
Jasmine Thomas – Connecticut – I think she will re-sign with the Connecticut Sun.
Kia Vaughn – Phoenix – I think there’s a 50% chance of her re-signing with Phoenix, but I could see another team snatching her up. I’m not sure.
Avery-Warley – Talbert – I think she lands on a team, but I don’t know which one.
Riquna Williams – Los Angeles Sparks – I think she may end up re-signing with the Sparks but there’s a chance she may go elsewhere.
Amanda Zahui B – I think she will re-sign with the New York Liberty.