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The Chicago Sky introduced Sunday they signed Kahleah Copper to an extension forward of the 2024 WNBA offseason.
Larry Hawley @HawleySports
Throughout their season finale with the Connecticut Solar, the @chicagosky announce that guard Kahleah Copper has signed a multi-year contract extension.
The guard has been a WNBA All-Star the final three seasons and was the 2021 WNBA Finals MVP.
Annie Costabile of the Chicago Solar-Instances reported Copper will earn $241,984 subsequent yr and $248,134 in 2025. The 2021 WNBA Finals MVP was as a consequence of be a free agent this winter.
The free-agent market is now shaping as much as be fairly skinny on the prime.
Copper’s new deal comes on the heels of the Seattle Storm re-signing Jewell Loyd and the New York Liberty doing the same with Betnijah Laney. Ariel Atkins committed her future to the Washington Mystics final month as nicely.
Breanna Stewart, Nneka Ogwumike, Jonquel Jones, DeWanna Bonner and Elena Delle Donne will all be out of contracts, however none of that group appears prone to depart their present groups. That would go away Skylar Diggins-Smith and Brittney Griner headlining the category.
For the Sky, holding onto Copper was crucial because the franchise continues to building on the impact of its 2021 title.
The 29-year-old is now the face of the group and continues to play at a excessive degree. She was averaging 18.7 factors and 4.4 rebounds and taking pictures 40.4 % from past the arc getting into Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Connecticut Solar.
Sky followers have watched plenty of key gamers from the group’s championship run transfer on.
The axis of Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley was by no means going to be the muse of a dynastic run, not when all three had been into their mid-30s when Parker arrived in 2021. Chicago had a two- or three-year window at most with that trio and made essentially the most of it.
Nonetheless, the Sky could not have anticipated all three to go away throughout the identical offseason, which inevitably threw the group right into a state of delicate disarray. They could not have foreseen head coach/common supervisor James Wade leaving in the midst of the yr to take an NBA assistant teaching job, both.
Nonetheless, the arrival of NBA legend Dwyane Wade as a part-owner of the group is a supply of optimism for the longer term. Now, Chicago could have the continued presence of Copper to each excite followers and maybe draw one other star or two to the Windy Metropolis.