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2024 WNBA free company tracker: Candace Parker re-signing with back-to-back champion Aces, per report

The 2024 WNBA free agency period is starting to slow down now that most of the significant business is complete. All we’re waiting on now are official decisions from reigning MVP Breanna Stewart and nine-time All-Star Brittney Griner, but they are widely expected to re-sign with the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury, respectively.  Over

2024 WNBA free company tracker: Candace Parker re-signing with back-to-back champion Aces, per report

The 2024 WNBA free company interval is beginning to decelerate now that a lot of the important enterprise is full. All we’re ready on now are official choices from reigning MVP Breanna Stewart and nine-time All-Star Brittney Griner, however they’re broadly anticipated to re-sign with the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury, respectively. 

Over the previous two weeks, there have been quite a lot of league-altering strikes. The Seattle Storm received the winter by agreeing to offers with Skylar Diggins-Smith and Nneka Ogwumike, two of the most effective gamers accessible this offseason, whereas Elena Delle Donne shocked the basketball world by reportedly deciding to step away from the game. In one other stunner, former MVP Tina Charles announced her return by signing with the Atlanta Dream after sitting out of the 2023 season in what gave the impression to be a prelude to retirement. 

Elsewhere, Jonquel Jones is back with the Liberty, two-time MVP Candace Parker re-signed with the defending champion Las Vegas Aces, reigning Most Improved Player Satou Sabally returned to the Dallas Wings and veteran frontcourt stars DeWanna Bonner and Brionna Jones re-upped with the Connecticut Solar. 

For a lot of the league’s historical past, free company did not matter all that a lot. Key gamers not often turned free brokers as a result of size of contracts and the variety of occasions a franchise may use the core designation. That each one modified with the brand new collective bargaining settlement in 2020. Now, free company is a key facet of the calendar, similar to another league. The previous month has been simply one other reminder. 

When does free company begin?

Groups can begin speaking to free brokers on Jan. 21, however nothing can formally be signed till Feb. 1. These guidelines will at all times be skirted to some extent, however groups caught breaking them will likely be punished below the league’s tampering guidelines. The Seattle Storm have been fined in 2022 for leaping the gun on Sue Chicken’s re-signing.

How does WNBA free company work?

WNBA free company largely operates similar to the NBA. There’s a moratorium interval the place groups can communicate to gamers however not formally signal something, and free brokers are grouped into totally different classifications that dictate how each they and groups can function. The 2 principal teams are unrestricted free brokers, who can communicate to and signal with any crew they need, and restricted free brokers, who can communicate to and signal with any crew they need, however can have that supply matched by their prior crew. 

The WNBA additionally has a reserved class, which is for gamers who hit free company with fewer than three years of service. Typically, these are veterans who entered the league later of their careers, however they may also be youthful gamers who, for no matter purpose, weren’t on a typical rookie-scale contract. The prior crew has unique negotiating rights with stated gamers.

Moreover, in uncommon cases, gamers’ contracts can expire whereas they’re suspended. When this occurs, gamers are technically discovered to be “withholding service,” in line with the CBA, and are listed as “suspended — contract expired.” In follow, these gamers are handled very like reserved gamers, although the prior crew doesn’t have to increase a qualifying supply. 

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Lastly, there may be the core designation, which is most analogous to the NFL’s franchise tag. If a crew makes use of the core designation on a participant, they acquire unique negotiating rights with them, even when that participant was set to be an unrestricted free agent. Groups should use this machination correctly, nonetheless, as every participant is simply allowed to be “cored” two occasions of their profession as of 2024. 

2024 WNBA free brokers

Cored

Participant Prior crew New crew Place Standing

Jordin Canada

Los Angeles Sparks

Atlanta Dream

G

Signed-and-traded

Elena Delle Donne

Washington Mystics

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N/A

F

Stepping away from basketball

Brionna Jones

Connecticut Solar

Connecticut Solar

C

Signed

Breanna Stewart

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New York Liberty

F

Cored

Unrestricted

Participant Prior Group New Group Place Standing

Natalie Achonwa

Minnesota Lynx

C

Unsigned

Lindsay Allen

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Minnesota Lynx

Chicago Sky

G

Signed

Rebecca Allen

Connecticut Solar

Phoenix Mercury

F

Signed-and-traded

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Kristine Anigwe

Connecticut Solar

F/C

Unsigned

Rachel Banham

Minnesota Lynx

Connecticut Solar

G

Signed

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Monique Billings

Atlanta Dream

Los Angeles Sparks

F

Signed

DeWanna Bonner

Connecticut Solar

Connecticut Solar

F

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Signed

Kalani Brown

Dallas Wings

Dallas Wings

C

Signed

Rae Burrell 

Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks

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G/F

Signed

Emma Cannon

Indiana Fever

Dallas Wings

F

Signed coaching camp contract

Bridget Carleton

Minnesota Lynx

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Minnesota Lynx

F

Signed

Chennedy Carter

Los Angeles Sparks

Chicago Sky

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Kaila Charles

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Seattle Storm

G/F

Unsigned

Tina Charles

N/A

Atlanta Dream

F/C

Signed

Layshia Clarendon

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Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks

G

Signed

Natasha Cloud

Washington Mystics

Phoenix Mercury

G

Signed

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Alaina Coates

Las Vegas Aces

C

Unsigned

Nia Coffey

Atlanta Dream

Atlanta Dream

F

Signed

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Sydney Colson

Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces

G

Signed

Lauren Cox

Connecticut Solar

C

Unsigned

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Lorela Cubaj

Atlanta Dream

F/C

Unsigned

Damiris Dantas

Minnesota Lynx

Indiana Fever

G/F

Signed

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Diamond DeShields

Phoenix Mercury

Chicago Sky

G/F

Signed

Jasmine Dickey

Dallas Wings

G

Unsigned

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Skylar Diggins-Smith

Phoenix Mercury

Seattle Storm

G

Signed

Liz Dixon

Phoenix Mercury

F

Unsigned

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Ivana Dojkic

Seattle Storm

New York Liberty

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Stefanie Dolson

New York Liberty

Washington Mystics

F/C

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Signed

Emily Engstler

Minnesota Lynx

Washington Mystics

F

Signed coaching camp contract

Cyesha Goree

Washington Mystics

F

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Unsigned

Brittney Griner

Phoenix Mercury

C

Unsigned

Arella Guirantes

Seattle Storm

G

Unsigned

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Megan Gustafson

Phoenix Mercury

Las Vegas Aces

F/C

Signed

Linnae Harper

Washington Mystics

G

Unsigned

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Bria Hartley

N/A

Las Vegas Aces

G

Signed

Tiana Hawkins

Washington Mystics

C

Unsigned

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Tiffany Hayes

Connecticut Solar

N/A

G

Retired

Destanni Henderson

Phoenix Mercury

G

Unsigned

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Khaalia Hillsman 

Chicago Sky

C

Unsigned

Ashley Joens

Phoenix Mercury

F

Unsigned

Jonquel Jones

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New York Liberty

New York Liberty

F/C

Signed

Jantel Lavender

Seattle Storm

F/C

Unsigned

Rui Machida

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Washington Mystics

G

Unsigned

Abby Meyers

Washington Mystics

G

Unsigned

Taylor Mikesell

Atlanta Dream

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Los Angeles Sparks

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Chiney Ogwumike

Los Angeles Sparks

F/C

Unsigned

Nneka Ogwumike

Los Angeles Sparks

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Seattle Storm

F

Signed

Candace Parker

Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces

F

Signed

Shey Peddy

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Phoenix Mercury

G

Unsigned

Theresa Plaisance

Seattle Storm

C

Unsigned

Aerial Powers

Minnesota Lynx

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Atlanta Dream

G/F

Signed

Epiphanny Prince

New York Liberty

G

Unsigned

Danielle Robinson

Atlanta Dream

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G

Unsigned

Karlie Samuelson

Los Angeles Sparks

Washington Mystics

G

Signed

Katie Lou Samuelson

Los Angeles Sparks

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Indiana Fever

F

Reportedly agreed to deal

Jennie Simms

Phoenix Mercury

G

Unsigned

Odyssey Sims

Dallas Wings

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G

Unsigned

Alanna Smith

Chicago Sky

Minnesota Lynx

F

Signed

Taylor Soule

Chicago Sky

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Minnesota Lynx

F

Signed coaching camp contract

Kiah Stokes

Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces

C

Signed

Jasmine Thomas

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Los Angeles Sparks

N/A

G

Retired

Sam Thomas

Phoenix Mercury

G/F

Unsigned

Kristi Toliver

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Washington Mystics

N/A

G

Retired

Kayana Traylor

Minnesota Lynx

G

Unsigned

Evina Westbrook

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Los Angeles Sparks

G

Unsigned

Christyn Williams

Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Courtney Williams

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Chicago Sky

Minnesota Lynx

G

Signed

Gabby Williams

Seattle Storm

F

Unsigned

Madi Williams

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Seattle Storm

G/F

Unsigned

Riquna Williams

Las Vegas Aces

G

Unsigned

Amanda Zahui B. 

Los Angeles Sparks

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C

Unsigned

Restricted

Participant Prior Group Present Group Place Standing

AD Durr

Atlanta Dream

G

Qualifying supply prolonged

Cayla George

Las Vegas Aces

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C

Unsigned

Ruthy Hebard

Chicago Sky

F/C

Unsigned

Joyner Holmes

Seattle Storm

Seattle Storm

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C

Signed coaching camp contract

Satou Sabally

Dallas Wings

Dallas Wings

F

Agreed to one-year deal

Yvonne Turner

Seattle Storm

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G

Unsigned

Jocelyn Willoughby

New York Liberty

G/F

Unsigned

Reserved

Participant Prior Group Present Group Place Standing

Morgan Bertsch

Chicago Sky

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Phoenix Mercury

F

Signed and traded

Maya Caldwell

Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever

G

Signed coaching camp contract

Temi Fagbenle

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Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever

C

Signed coaching camp contract

Rebekah Gardner

Chicago Sky

G

Qualifying supply prolonged

Bernadett Hatar

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Connecticut Solar

C

Qualifying supply prolonged

Marine Johannes

New York Liberty

G

Qualifying supply prolonged

Li Meng

Washington Mystics

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G

Qualifying supply prolonged

Nikolina Milic

Minnesota Lynx

F

Qualifying supply prolonged

Robyn Parks

Chicago Sky

F

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Qualifying supply prolonged

Kianna Smith

Los Angeles Sparks

G

Qualifying supply prolonged

Sug Sutton

Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury

G

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Signed coaching camp contract

Suspended — Contract Expired

Participant Prior Group Present Group Place Standing

Julie Allemand

Chicago Sky

G

Unsigned

Han Xu 

New York Liberty

C

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Unsigned

Astou Ndour-Fall

Chicago Sky

Connecticut Solar

F/C

Signed

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