WNBA Free Agency 2023 has been all over the place. Shocks were felt leaguewide after the formation of superteams and we look at the good, bad and ugly.
Some of the biggest names in the WNBA have already changed teams but deals around the margin — for role players and depth — have helped adjust the league’s power structure. Here’s how things look for three key teams.
The Good: Los Angeles Sparks
With Las Vegas and New York making headlines for all the right reasons, the LA Sparks were flying under the radar. The person wearing the sunglasses emoji is exactly what the Sparks offseason has been — cool, chill and even a little bit smug.
Yeah, they see what’s happening for the Aces and the Liberty, but there are a lot of good ball players out there. In come Jasmine Thomas and Dearica Hamby via trade, both in extremely affordable deals, especially considering where this team is headed. The time for young assets can wait in Los Angeles and adding two (one and a half?) All-Star caliber players positioned them well before free agency even began.
Enter Steph Talbot and Azurá Stevens, two very strong signings for a team that already has talent and depth. Re-enter Nneka Ogwumike and you have your star surrounded by players that have been starters or played pivotal roles for WNBA Finalists, a couple of which earn jewelry in the process. This is a position that sees the Sparks roster only being outshone by superteams.
Chiney Ogwumike is also expected to re-sign in LA which would only serve to bolster and already strong Sparks roster.