2024 WNBA free agency and trade tracker: Deals, news, more

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

A trio of former WNBA MVPs signed with or were traded to new teams last season in free agency. More are on the move in 2024.

Nneka Ogwumike, the 2016 WNBA MVP, signed with the Seattle Storm. Last month, Ogwumike had informed the Los Angeles Sparks she intended to leave.

And 2012 MVP Tina Charles will return to the league, signing with the Atlanta Dream after sitting out the 2023 season.

Two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, who was cored by the Washington Mystics in January, has decided to take some time away from basketball, though it's unclear how long the 34-year-old intends to stay away.

Elsewhere, Candace Parker re-signed with the Las Vegas Aces.

And former MVPs Jonquel Jones and Breanna Stewart have re-signed with the New York Liberty.

Keep it here all offseason long for the latest buzz, news and reports surrounding the WNBA. The 2024 season -- the league's 28th -- will tip off May 14.

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Feb. 26 updates

3 p.m. ET: Breanna Stewart has re-signed with the New York Liberty, the organization announced. Stewart's deal is a one-year, non-guaranteed pact, and below the player maximum salary. The strategy allows New York more flexibility in how it shapes its roster.

"Stewie's return marks our unwavering commitment to excellence and our collective drive to bring a championship to New York," Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said in a statement.

Feb. 19 updates

4:30 p.m. ET: The Chicago Sky obtained the No. 8 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft from the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for guard Julie Allemand, the rights to center Li Yueru and a 2025 third-round selection. Chicago now has the Nos. 3 and 8 picks in the first round, along with the top pick in the second round (No. 13 overall). Los Angeles still has the Nos. 2 and 4 picks in the draft.

"We are continuing to build assets by securing draft capital for the upcoming years," Sky general manager Jeff Pagliocca said. "An additional first-round pick in 2024 will allow us to draft yet another valuable player and add a foundational piece to this roster."

Feb. 16 updates

9:30 a.m. ET: Jonquel Jones, the 2021 WNBA MVP, has re-signed with the New York Liberty after hitting unrestricted free agency this offseason.

The Liberty announced the signing Friday. Jones' agent, Boris Lelchitski, told ESPN's Alexa Philippou she signed a two-year deal.

Feb. 14 updates

2 p.m. ET: Unrestricted free agent Stefanie Dolson is returning to the Washington Mystics, where she spent the first three years of her WNBA career, a source confirmed to ESPN's Alexa Philippou on Wednesday.

Dolson, 32, a two-time WNBA All-Star (2015, 2017), arrives in D.C. after spending the past two seasons in New York and the five prior in Chicago, where she won a championship with the Sky in 2021. She is expected to sign a two-year deal, the source confirmed.

Feb. 12 updates

2:28 p.m. ET: The Dallas Wings announced the signing of veteran forward Emma Cannon on Monday.

Cannon, 34, averaged 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 30 games (three starts) for the Indiana Fever in 2023.

Feb. 7 updates

9:09 p.m. ET: Two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne has decided to take some time away from basketball and does not intend to sign the one-year supermax offer from the Washington Mystics, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported. It's unclear how long the 34-year-old Delle Donne, who led the Mystics to their only title in 2019, intends to stay away from basketball, sources said.

3:31 p.m. ET: Two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker has re-signed with the Las Vegas Aces, the team announced Wednesday. Parker was part of the Aces squad that won its second consecutive WNBA championship last year, but was limited to the first part of the season due to a foot injury.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to play the game I love while competing alongside my teammates and coaches," Parker said in a statement. "My family and I are excited to be back in Las Vegas and ready for another great season."

Parker, who turns 38 in April, last played for the Aces on July 7. She averaged 9.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 18 games for Las Vegas in 2023. She will rejoin the Aces' core stars, all of whom are returning, led by another two-time MVP, A'ja Wilson, as Las Vegas will go for a three-peat.

Feb. 6 updates

4:29 p.m. ET: Lexie Brown has signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Sparks. The guard averaged 12.4 points and 2.4 assists in 12 games for the Sparks in 2023, missing time on two separate occasions due to a non-COVID illness. Brown was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

11:26 a.m. ET: The Chicago Sky have traded Kahleah Copper to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for four draft picks, including the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 draft, as well as Brianna Turner and Michaela Onyenwere, ESPN's Alexa Philippou confirmed. The Sky, who also sent Morgan Bertsch to Phoenix, will receive the Mercury's 2026 first-round pick, 2025 second-round pick and rights to a 2026 second-round pick swap with Phoenix.

Copper was the 2021 WNBA Finals MVP and the sole remaining core member of the Sky's title run.

11 a.m. ET: The Dallas Wings have signed Stephanie Soares, who missed the 2023 season while recovering from ACL tear from an injury sustained in college. The No. 4 pick in the 2023 draft, Soares is currently competing with Brazil's national team in qualifying tournaments for the 2024 Olympics.

Feb. 5 updates

5:45 p.m. ET: Diamond DeShields has signed with the Chicago Sky. The guard rejoins the team after injury sidelined her for the 2023 season with the Dallas Wings. In 2022, she averaged 13.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 30 games for the Phoenix Mercury. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft, DeShields played her first four seasons in the league (2018-21) with the Sky.

3 p.m. ET: Former WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike will sign with the Seattle Storm, she announced on social media. Ogwumike's deal with Seattle is for one year, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. The former Los Angeles Sparks star chose the Storm after a whirlwind free agency tour in which she met with the Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty.

1:12 p.m. ET: DeWanna Bonner will re-sign with the Connecticut Sun, sources told ESPN's Alexa Philippou. The five-time All-Star forward was an unrestricted free agent after averaging 17.4 PPG last season, her highest average since 2020. Sources told Philippou that before deciding to return to Connecticut, Bonner considered joining multiple other teams, including the Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm.

1:05 p.m. ET: Brionna Jones has re-signed with the Connecticut Sun on a one-year deal. The two-time All-Star was averaging a career-best 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds over 13 games before suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon rupture on June 20. Since being drafted No. 8 overall in 2017, Jones has played all seven seasons in the WNBA in Connecticut.

"We are looking forward to a full year with Breezy on the floor," Sun coach Stephanie White said. "She is the ultimate teammate, competitor and leader. She's worked hard through the process of her recovery and rehab, and we are ready to get to work with her."

Feb. 3 updates

1:36 p.m. ET: Astou Ndour-Fall has signed a one-year deal with the Connecticut Sun. The center most recently played in the WNBA in 2021, averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds during the Chicago Sky's championship run.

12:01 p.m. ET: The Phoenix Mercury have sent guard Moriah Jefferson to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for forward Rebecca Allen in a sign-and-trade deal.

A seven-year veteran who was the No. 2 pick in 2016, Jefferson averaged 10.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals last season in Phoenix. She returns to Connecticut, where she won four consecutive NCAA titles at UConn from 2013-16. Jefferson's contract with the Sun extends through 2025.

Allen started 27 games for the Sun last season, averaging 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. In 2023 she became the 10th fastest player in WNBA history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 150 blocks and 180 three-point field goals made (195 games). She will be entering her ninth WNBA season.

Feb. 2 updates

4 p.m. ET: Monique Billings has signed with the Los Angeles Sparks. The free agent forward averaged 16.7 minutes, 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds last season with the Atlanta Dream, where she played the past six seasons.

Feb. 1 updates

7:06 p.m. ET: The Indiana Fever have signed Katie Lou Samuelson to a multiyear contract. The forward, who sat out last season and gave birth to a daughter in August, averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 2022 with the Los Angeles Sparks. Samuelson was the No. 4 overall pick in 2019.

4:32 p.m. ET: The Chicago Sky, New York Liberty and Seattle Storm are on the short list for free agent Nneka Ogwumike, her sister, Chiney Ogwumike, reported on ESPN's WNBA Free Agency Special.

4:08 p.m. ET: Natasha Cloud will sign with the Phoenix Mercury, the guard told ESPN's Holly Rowe on ESPN's WNBA Free Agency Special.

Cloud played for the Washington Mystics the past eight seasons, including back-to-back WNBA Finals appearances in 2018 and 2019 and the team's championship run in 2019. She averaged a career-high 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, as well as 6.2 assists and 1.1 steals last season in Washington and shot a career-high 90.0% from the free throw line. Cloud is a two-time WNBA All-Defensive Team selection (2019, 2022).

"Natasha is an elite playmaker, one of the best defenders in the league and is coming off a career year as a scorer," Mercury general manager Nick U'Ren said. "The tenacity and energy Natasha plays with, on both ends of the court, will help make our team more dynamic, versatile and competitive."

3:04 p.m. ET: The Atlanta Dream have signed former MVP Tina Charles and guard Aerial Powers, and re-signed forward Nia Coffey. Charles ranks fourth in the WNBA in career scoring and second in rebounds, averaging 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds over 12 seasons. The forward was the 2012 MVP and is an eight-time All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist.

"Tina's ability to score and rebound the basketball at an elite level immediately helps," Dream general manager and executive vice president Dan Padover said.

2 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired guard Aari McDonald and the Atlanta Dream's No. 8 overall pick in the 2024 draft for guard Jordin Canada and the Sparks' 12th overall pick. Los Angeles now holds pick numbers 2, 4, 8 and 24 in this year's draft.

Per ESPN's Andraya Carter, Canada's two-year contract guarantees a $185,000 salary in 2024 and $190,000 in 2025.

1:32 p.m. ET: The Indiana Fever have signed forward Damiris Dantas to a multiyear contract. She last played in 2022 with the Minnesota Lynx, averaging 5.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists, appearing in 15 games.

Noon ET: The Chicago Sky have signed Lindsay Allen. The guard started 20 games for the Minnesota Lynx last season and averaged 6.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and a career-high 4.5 assists in 24.1 minutes.

Noon ET: Rachel Banham has signed a two-year deal with the Connecticut Sun. The fourth overall pick by Connecticut in 2016, the guard played for the Minnesota Lynx the past four seasons. She averaged 5.5 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.7 assists, while shooting 40.2% from behind the arc last season.

11:44 a.m. ET: Skylar Diggins-Smith has signed with the Seattle Storm. The nine-year WNBA veteran point guard is a six-time all-WNBA selection and six-time All-Star. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

"Skylar is an ultimate competitor, elite playmaker and excellent defender," Storm coach Noelle Quinn said. "Adding Skylar to our dynamic backcourt will immediately elevate our roster as we continue this next chapter of Storm basketball."

Diggins-Smith, who posted a video of her shooting in a Seattle Storm T-shirt, has averaged 16.7 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals over her career.

"Joining the Seattle Storm is the ideal next step in my basketball journey. The organization's dedication to its players and the progression of the league is commendable," Diggins-Smith said. "I'm laser-focused for the upcoming season. Stepping onto the court alongside Jewell [Loyd], benefiting from the leadership of Noelle Quinn and feeling the energy of the Seattle Storm fans is a combination that I am confident will lead to success."

11:43 a.m. ET: The Las Vegas Aces announced they've re-signed 5-8 guard Sydney Colson, who came off the bench during the Aces' back-to-back championship runs in 2022 and 2023.

11:26 a.m. ET: Jordin Canada is finalizing a contract with the Atlanta Dream via sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Sparks, sources told ESPN's Andraya Carter.

10:07 a.m. ET: Karlie Samuelson has signed with the Washington Mystics. The guard/forward heads to D.C. after career-best averages of 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 34 games (23 starts) for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2023. She ranked sixth in the WNBA in 3-point percentage (.426) last season and shot a career-high 46.3% from the field.

Jan. 31 updates

7:56 p.m. ET: Courtney Williams, an unrestricted free agent, is set to sign a two-year deal with the Minnesota Lynx, a source confirmed to ESPN's Alexa Philippou. The 5-foot-8 point guard averaged 10.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and a career-high 6.3 assists last year for the Chicago Sky. She also had two triple-doubles on the season and shot 44.3% from the 3-point arc on 2.7 attempts per game.

7:28 p.m. ET: Nneka Ogwumike still hasn't made a decision on her free agency destination, sources told ESPN's Alexa Philippou. The Seattle Storm, who made a trade Wednesday that cleared cap space -- remains among her finalists. She also met with the New York Liberty on Wednesday, as previously reported by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

6:19 p.m. ET: Unrestricted free agent Aerial Powers is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Atlanta Dream, sources confirmed to ESPN's Alexa Philippou. Powers spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Lynx, averaging 14.4 points in 2022 before her playing time and production dipped in 2023 (5.2 points in 9.7 minutes per game across 20 contests).

3 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired All-Star guard Kia Nurse and the No. 4 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft from the Seattle Storm, who received the Sparks' 2026 first-round pick. Nurse was drafted by the New York Liberty 10th overall in 2018, and has averaged 9.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in five seasons in the league with the Liberty from 2018 to 2020, Phoenix Mercury in 2021 and the Storm in 2023.

1 p.m. ET: Guard Layshia Clarendon is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Sparks, ESPN's Alexa Philippou confirmed.

12:36 p.m. ET: Jonquel Jones, who on Jan. 23 told ESPN she was returning to the New York Liberty, is expected to sign a two-year deal with the team, ESPN's Alexa Philippou confirmed.

Noon ET: The Connecticut Sun have acquired eight-year veteran guard Tiffany Mitchell and the No. 19 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft from the Minnesota Lynx, in exchange for Natisha Hiedeman.

Hiedeman has averaged 7.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.8 steals in 150 career games with Connecticut. Originally drafted ninth overall in the 2016 WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever, Mitchell averaged 7.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 33 regular-season contests for the Lynx in 2023.

11:58 a.m. ET: Bridget Carleton is returning to the Minnesota Lynx on a two-year deal, ESPN's Alexa Philippou reports.

11:48 a.m. ET: Kiah Stokes will return to the Las Vegas Aces on a two-year contract, she told ESPN's Alexa Philippou, while Megan Gustafson will sign with Las Vegas on a two-year deal as well, sources confirmed to Philippou. Both players were unrestricted free agents and can sign contracts starting Thursday.

10:29 a.m. ET: Unrestricted free agent Kalani Brown is returning to the Dallas Wings on a multiyear deal, sources confirmed to ESPN's Alexa Philippou. A 2019 first-round pick out of Baylor, Brown is coming off a career season with Dallas, where she averaged 7.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game in 2023.

Jan. 30 updates

8:30 p.m. ET: Restricted free agent Satou Sabally will return to the Dallas Wings, she told ESPN's Alexa Philippou on Tuesday. The 25-year-old was the 2023 WNBA Most Improved Player and finished fifth in MVP voting last season.

Sabally's one-year deal is fully protected and worth $195,000, a source told Philippou, below the regular max she could have earned ($208,219). But she was willing to take a bit of a discount to allow Dallas to bolster the talent around her.

Sabally said she kept an open mind throughout free agency but was drawn to the goal of winning a championship with Dallas, where she has played her entire WNBA career since the Wings drafted her No. 2 overall in 2020.

"Just engaging in those basketball conversations really made us realize that we want to work together and we want to bring a championship to Dallas," Sabally said. "It could really be termed as unfinished business."

Jan. 29 updates

8:03 p.m. ET: Nneka Ogwumike, in New York to promote "Shattered Glass: A WNBPA Story," a documentary on the lives and careers of Ogwumike, Jonquel Jones, Breanna Stewart and Sheryl Swoopes, was expected to meet with the New York Liberty on Tuesday, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Jan. 26 updates

3:13 p.m. ET: Unrestricted free agent Alanna Smith willsign with the Minnesota Lynx on a two-year deal, her agent, Sammy Wloszczowski of SIG Sports, told ESPN's Alexa Philippou.

The 6-foot-4 forward from Australia and former Stanford star is coming off a career season with the Chicago Skyin which she averaged 9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks with a league-best 63% shooting on 2-pointers.

Jan. 24 updates

6 p.m. ET: Former WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike informed the Los Angeles Sparksthat she intends to leave in free agency, the team told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Ogwumike has played her entire 12-year WNBA career with the Sparks since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2012. She was the 2016 MVP and led the Sparks to the title that season.

Ogwumike has taken meetings with the Sparks, Atlanta Dream, Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky. She intends to meet with the Seattle Storm and New York Liberty before deciding on her next team.

Jan. 23 updates

5:41 p.m. ET:Jonquel Jonesintends to return to the New York Liberty, her agent, Boris Lelchitski, told ESPN's Alexa Philippou. Jones, who was the 2021 WNBA MVP while competing with the Connecticut Sun, was a key player in the Liberty's run to last season's WNBA Finals.

Jan. 20 updates

5:36 p.m. ET: Two-time WNBA champion Jordin Canada will most likely seek a sign-and-trade from the Los Angeles Sparks, who designated her a core player, sources told ESPN's Andraya Carter.

Canada was part of the Seattle Storm's 2018 and 2020 championship squads, and is a two-time All-Defensive first-team selection. She spent the past two seasons playing in Los Angeles, her hometown team and near her college of UCLA.

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