WNBA free agency 2023: Breanna Stewart announces decision to play for New York Liberty

Tracking all the deals and players on the move free agents can sign contracts beginning Wednesday

Even before WNBA free agency officially began, there were a few landscape-shifting trades — rare January trades for the league. Now, with even more reported activity, deals can now become official and be signed. The salary cap for 2023 is $1,420,500, according to Her Hoop Stats. Teams must have at least 11 players with a maximum of 12. The supermax is $234,936, per Her Hoop Stats. The maximum is $202,154 and the minimum for players with zero to two years of service is $62,285 and for three or more years is $74,305.

Breanna Stewart announces decision to join New York Liberty

The two-time WNBA champion announced Wednesday her decision to join the Liberty, joining Sabrina Ionescu and recently acquired Jonquel Jones to form a super-team in the league's largest market. The decision is one of the most pivotal in WNBA history as Stewart made charter flight travel and player health and safety a key issue in her free agency decision. Cassandra Negley breaks down the decision and what it means for the league.

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Tracking WNBA trades

  • The Los Angeles Sparks acquired Dearica Hamby from the Las Vegas Aces along with a 2024 first-round draft pick in exchange for exclusive negotiating rights to Amanda Zahui B. and 2024 second-round pick, the teams announced in January. Hamby later addressed the trade in an Instagram post, saying the Aces "discriminated" against her pregnancy and that she was lied to. The WNBPA said it will investigate the claims.

  • The Los Angeles Sparks acquired Jasmine Thomas and the 2023 WNBA Draft's No. 10 overall pick from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Jasmine Walker and the reserved rights to Kianna Smith, the teams announced.

  • The Sun also traded Jonquel Jones, a four-time All-Star and 2021 MVP, to the New York Liberty as part of a three-team deal that included the Dallas Wings. The Liberty also received Kayla Thornton from the Wings. The Sun received Rebecca Allen and the No. 6 overall draft pick from the Liberty and Tyasha Harris from the Wings. The Wings received Natasha Howard and Crystal Dangerfield from the Liberty.

  • The Atlanta Dream acquired Allisha Gray from the Dallas Wings in a deal that includes draft picks, the teams announced. The Dream also acquired Danielle Robinson from the Indiana Fever in exchange for Kristy Wallace, the teams announced.

Courtney Vandersloot leaving the Sky

Courtney Vandersloot announced on Instagram on Tuesday night she won't return to the Chicago Sky next season.

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Vandersloot has spent her entire career with the Sky, who initially selected her with the No. 3 overall pick in 2011. The four-time All-Star helped lead the Sky to a title in 2021, and averaged 11.8 points and 6.5 assists per game last season.

It's unclear where Vandersloot will end up next season. She's eligible to sign a new deal starting Wednesday.

Tracking WNBA free agency deals

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 09: Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) drives to the basket while being guarded by Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) during a WNBA game between the Seattle Storm and the Chicago Sky on August 9, 2022, at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot drives to the basket while being guarded by Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart during a WNBA game on Aug. 9, 2022, at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. (Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)