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2024 WNBA free company tracker: Storm signal Nneka Ogwumike to acquire new Gigantic Three in Seattle

The 2024 WNBA free company duration is now underway, that methodology the prolonged offseason is comely heating up. As of Feb. 1, groups can officially signal gamers to new contracts, and there would possibly be been a huge selection of motion across the league. Most lately, the Seattle Storm persevered their impressive offseason by adding dilapidated MVP Nneka Ogwumike

For a ways of the league’s history, free company didn’t topic all that worthy. Key gamers infrequently grew to change into free brokers as a result of the length of contracts and the assortment of times a franchise would possibly well seemingly disclose the core designation. That every modified with the new collective bargaining agreement in 2020. Now, free company is a key advise of the calendar, comely like every other league. 

Already some major provides have been struck. Aged MVP Jonquel Jones has agreed to re-signal with the Original York Liberty, whereas reigning Most Improved Player Satou Sabally would possibly be again with the Dallas Wings. Skylar Diggins-Smith made up our minds to hotfoot away her old team, the Phoenix Mercury, to signal a reported two-year deal with the Storm. In one of basically the most fine strikes, dilapidated MVP Tina Charles signed with the Atlanta Dream after sitting out of the 2023 season. 

We’re peaceful anticipating decisions from four other dilapidated MVPs: Breanna Stewart (2018, 2023), Elena Delle Donne (2015, 2019) and Candace Parker (2008, 2013). That’s in addition to to to seeing what the likes of Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner will kind. 

One approach or another, the league is going to shift this winter. Sooner than the full motion and intrigue, here is all the pieces or no longer it is important to take dangle of:

When does free company open?

Groups can open talking to free brokers on Jan. 21, but nothing can officially be signed except Feb. 1. These principles will continuously be skirted to a level, but groups caught breaking them would possibly be punished below the league’s tampering principles. The Seattle Storm had been fined in 2022 for jumping the gun on Sue Bird’s re-signing.

How does WNBA free company work?

WNBA free company largely operates comely like the NBA. There is a moratorium duration where groups can talk to gamers but no longer offically signal something, and free brokers are grouped into a huge selection of classifications that dictate how both they and groups can purpose. The 2 critical groups are unrestricted free brokers, who can talk to and signal with any team they need, and restricted free brokers, who can talk to and signal with any team they need, but can have that provide matched by their prior team. 

The WNBA also has a reserved class, which is for gamers who hit free company with fewer than three years of provider. Most steadily, these are veterans who entered the league later in their occupation, but they would possibly well seemingly even even be younger gamers who, for whatever motive, weren’t on a typical rookie-scale contract. The prior team has bizarre negotiating rights with acknowledged gamers.

Moreover, in uncommon instances gamers’ contracts can expire whereas they are suspended. When this occurs, gamers are technically found to be “withholding provider,” fixed with the CBA, and are listed as “suspended — contract expired.” In observe, these gamers are handled very similar to reserved gamers, although the prior team does no longer need to elongate a qualifying provide. 

Indirectly, there would possibly be the core designation, which is most analogous to the NFL’s franchise label. If a team makes disclose of the core designation on a participant, they develop bizarre negotiating rights with them, although that participant used to be establish of abode to be an unrestricted free agent. Groups need to disclose this machination properly, nonetheless, as every participant is most efficient allowed to be “cored” two times in their occupation as of 2024. 

2024 WNBA free brokers

Cored

Player Prior team Original team Station Build of abode

Jordin Canada

Los Angeles Sparks

Atlanta Dream

G

Signed-and-traded

Elena Delle Donne

Washington Mystics

F

Cored

Brionna Jones

Connecticut Sun

Connecticut Sun

C

Signed

Breanna Stewart

Original York Liberty

F

Cored

Unrestricted

Player Prior Team Original Team Station Build of abode

Natalie Achonwa

Minnesota Lynx

C

Unsigned

Lindsay Allen

Minnesota Lynx

Chicago Sky

G

Signed

Rebecca Allen

Connecticut Sun

Phoenix Mercury

F

Signed-and-traded

Kristine Anigwe

Connecticut Sun

F/C

Unsigned

Rachel Banham

Minnesota Lynx

Connecticut Sun

G

Signed

Monique Billings

Atlanta Dream

Los Angeles Sparks

F

Signed

DeWanna Bonner

Connecticut Sun

F

Unsigned

Kalani Brown

Dallas Wings

Dallas Wings

C

Signed

Rae Burrell 

Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks

G/F

Signed

Emma Cannon

Indiana Fever

F

Unsigned

Bridget Carleton

Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota Lynx

F

Signed

Chennedy Carter

Los Angeles Sparks

G

Unsigned

Kaila Charles

Seattle Storm

G/F

Unsigned

Tina Charles

N/A

Atlanta Dream

F/C

Signed

Layshia Clarendon

Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks

G

Signed

Natasha Cloud

Washington Mystics

Phoenix Mercury

G

Signed

Alaina Coates

Las Vegas Aces

C

Unsigned

Nia Coffey

Atlanta Dream

Atlanta Dream

F

Signed

Sydney Colson

Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces

G

Signed

Lauren Cox

Connecticut Sun

C

Unsigned

Lorela Cubaj

Atlanta Dream

F/C

Unsigned

Damiris Dantas

Minnesota Lynx

Indiana Fever

G/F

Signed

Diamond DeShields

Phoenix Mercury

G/F

Unsigned

Jasmine Dickey

Dallas Wings

G

Unsigned

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Phoenix Mercury

Seattle Storm

G

Signed

Liz Dixon

Phoenix Mercury

F

Unsigned

Ivana Dojkic

Seattle Storm

Original York Liberty

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Stefanie Dolson

Original York Liberty

F/C

Unsigned

Emily Engstler

Minnesota Lynx

Washington Mystics

F

Signed coaching camp contract

Cyesha Goree

Washington Mystics

F

Unsigned

Brittney Griner

Phoenix Mercury

C

Unsigned

Arella Guirantes

Seattle Storm

G

Unsigned

Megan Gustafson

Phoenix Mercury

Las Vegas Aces

F/C

Signed

Linnae Harper

Washington Mystics

G

Unsigned

Tiana Hawkins

Washington Mystics

C

Unsigned

Tiffany Hayes

Connecticut Sun

N/A

G

Retired

Destanni Henderson

Phoenix Mercury

G

Unsigned

Khaalia Hillsman 

Chicago Sky

C

Unsigned

Ashley Joens

Phoenix Mercury

F

Unsigned

Jonquel Jones

Original York Liberty

Original York Liberty

F/C

Reportedly agreed to 2-year deal

Jantel Lavender

Seattle Storm

F/C

Unsigned

Rui Machida

Washington Mystics

G

Unsigned

Abby Meyers

Washington Mystics

G

Unsigned

Taylor Mikesell

Atlanta Dream

G

Unsigned

Chiney Ogwumike

Los Angeles Sparks

F/C

Unsigned

Nneka Ogwumike

Los Angeles Sparks

Seattle Storm

F

Signed

Candace Parker

Las Vegas Aces

F

Unsigned

Shey Peddy

Phoenix Mercury

G

Unsigned

Theresa Plaisance

Seattle Storm

C

Unsigned

Aerial Powers

Minnesota Lynx

Atlanta Dream

G/F

Signed

Epiphanny Prince

Original York Liberty

G

Unsigned

Danielle Robinson

Atlanta Dream

G

Unsigned

Karlie Samuelson

Los Angeles Sparks

Washington Mystics

G

Signed

Katie Lou Samuelson

Los Angeles Sparks

Indiana Fever

F

Reportedly agreed to deal

Jennie Simms

Phoenix Mercury

G

Unsigned

Odyssey Sims

Dallas Wings

G

Unsigned

Alanna Smith

Chicago Sky

Minnesota Lynx

F

Signed

Taylor Soule

Chicago Sky

F

Unsigned

Kiah Stokes

Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces

C

Signed

Jasmine Thomas

Los Angeles Sparks

N/A

G

Retired

Sam Thomas

Phoenix Mercury

G/F

Unsigned

Kristi Toliver

Washington Mystics

N/A

G

Retired

Kayana Traylor

Minnesota Lynx

G

Unsigned

Evina Westbrook

Los Angeles Sparks

G

Unsigned

Christyn Williams

Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Courtney Williams

Chicago Sky

Minnesota Lynx

G

Signed

Gabby Williams

Seattle Storm

F

Unsigned

Madi Williams

Seattle Storm

G/F

Unsigned

Riquna Williams

Las Vegas Aces

G

Unsigned

Amanda Zahui B. 

Los Angeles Sparks

C

Unsigned

Restricted

Player Prior Team Present Team Station Build of abode

AD Durr

Atlanta Dream

G

Qualifying provide extended

Cayla George

Las Vegas Aces

C

Unsigned

Ruthy Hebard

Chicago Sky

F/C

Unsigned

Joyner Holmes

Seattle Storm

Seattle Storm

C

Signed coaching camp contract

Satou Sabally

Dallas Wings

Dallas Wings

F

Agreed to one-year deal

Yvonne Turner

Seattle Storm

G

Unsigned

Jocelyn Willoughby

Original York Liberty

G/F

Unsigned

Reserved

Player Prior Team Present Team Station Build of abode

Morgan Bertsch

Chicago Sky

F

Qualifying provide extended

Maya Caldwell

Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Temi Fagbenle

Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever

C

Signed coaching camp contract

Rebekah Gardner

Chicago Sky

G

Qualifying provide extended

Bernadett Hatar

Connecticut Sun

C

Qualifying provide extended

Marine Johannes

Original York Liberty

G

Qualifying provide extended

Li Meng

Washington Mystics

G

Qualifying provide extended

Nikolina Milic

Minnesota Lynx

F

Qualifying provide extended

Robyn Parks

Chicago Sky

F

Qualifying provide extended

Kianna Smith

Los Angeles Sparks

G

Qualifying provide extended

Sug Sutton

Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Suspended — Contract Expired

Player Prior Team Present Team Station Build of abode

Julie Allemand

Chicago Sky

G

Unsigned

Han Xu 

Original York Liberty

C

Unsigned

Astou Ndour-Drop

Chicago Sky

Connecticut Sun

F/C

Signed

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