When the free agent signing period in the WNBA commenced, we knew the floodgates would immediately open and that there would be a flurry of activity.
Indeed, there was.
The notable signings began not too long after the official start of the free agent period, when two-time WNBA champion Renee Montgomery signed with her hometown team – the Atlanta Dream.
With the Dream being without Bria Holmes for the upcoming season due to her pregnancy, adding Montgomery who brings a championship resume with her from Minnesota should definitely be a boost for Atlanta. Add the return of Angel McCoughtry and the Dream could be poised in 2018 to make a postseason push.
While the Lynx may have lost Montgomery to the ATL, they did resign Rebekkah Brunson. A veteran-laden, and championship-laden team that the Lynx are, 2018 has the potential to be a historic season for Minnesota as they look to become the first franchise in WNBA history to win five championships.
The team that the Lynx defeated to claim ring #4, the Los Angeles Sparks, also made a signing that will certainly keep their team in the title picture in 2018 as they resigned Odyssey Sims. They also announced that they signed Ana Dabovic, who was a member of the 2016 rendition of the Sparks that hoisted the franchise’s first-ever WNBA title.
Another signing that should certainly draw more than its fair share of attention is one the Las Vegas Aces made by signing Tamera Young. She played for both Atlanta and Chicago in 2017.
I had a DREAM and I reached for the SKY now I’m a number one ACE….
— Tamera Young (@tyoung11) February 1, 2018
Las Vegas is a town known for wheeling and dealing, so it is only appropriate that Bill Laimbeer completed a trade with the Phoenix Mercury to acquire Kelsey Bone.
The Seattle Storm also made a notable resigning by re-upping with Sami Whitcomb. Much of the attention of the Storm is focused on their “Big 3” of Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart, and Sue Bird, but Whitcomb provided a presence off the bench, giving the Storm depth. On Day 2 of free agency, the Storm announced they had inked a deal with Courtney Paris.
The Washington Mystics may be without Emma Meesseman for the upcoming season but they will be with Mo Currie, who played for both the San Antonio Stars and Phoenix Mercury in 2017. Currie averaged nearly 12 points per game with the Stars and over 10 points per game with the Mercury.
The Dallas Wings may have arguably made the deal of the offseason when they signed Liz Cambage to a multiyear contract. The Wings were the team that originally drafted Cambage. For someone who has built a championship resume overseas in Australia, and China, the Wings will be a team to watch in 2018. They made their first ever playoff appearance as the Wings last season. The Wings also inked a multi-year contract with Theresa Plaisance.
In addition to the Sky resigning Stefanie Dolson, they also re-upped with All-Star Allie Quigley, who also won last year’s three-point contest at the All-Star Game in Seattle. Quigley averaged nearly 17 points per game and shot a robust 43 percent from downtown.