As the 2019 WNBA season gets set to tip-off, when can teams put the finishing touches on their roster at the trade deadline?
The WNBA season begins on May 24 and teams will get just over two months to see how their rosters are working before making any final changes at the trade deadline for a postseason push. The WNBA Trade Deadline is set at 8:00 p.m. ET on Aug. 6, just over two weeks after All-Star Weekend.
The league has likely already witnessed the biggest trade of the season, with the Dallas Wings shipping last year’s scoring champion Liz Cambage to the Las Vegas Aces just over a week before the beginning of the season. Still, with established stars like Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Angel McCoughtry and Skylar Diggins-Smith set to miss all or significant portions of this season, there is the opportunity for more chaos when it comes to rosters and rotations.
Several of last season’s top teams will be missing key contributors and we could be set for an incredibly unpredictable season, with younger players and unexpected teams rising to the top. With Cambage joining A’ja Wilson, the Las Vegas Aces could be a championship contender after missing the playoffs entirely last year. Teams will have essentially one month of action from the trade deadline to the end of the regular season to finish jockeying for position and set themselves up for those championship runs.
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