May 29, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) dribbles the ball against the New York Liberty at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports
WNBA free agency opens up on Jan. 21 and the whole world has its eyes on Breanna Stewart. Where could the WNBA’s premier free agent sign?
Last year Stewart signed a one-year supermax deal to return to the Seattle Storm. Before signing her one-year deal, she met with the New York Liberty in free agency.
Although many people around the basketball world didn’t believe that the UConn product would actually sign with the Liberty last season, it was exciting for people to entertain the idea. This free agency could be different for Stewart though, especially with the retirement of long-time teammate Sue Bird.
Last season, the former MVP finished the season averaging 21.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. Seattle finished the 2022 season fourth in overall league standings with a 22-14 record. If she decides she wants to move on from Seattle and try to build a contender elsewhere, she’ll have no shortage of suitors.
Here are three potential destinations for Stewart in this upcoming free agency.
3. Breanna Stewart could return to the Seattle Storm
Obviously, the current team always has the potential to re-sign their free agents. Stewie was drafted by the Storm No. 1 in the 2016 WNBA Draft. Seattle has become a home for the New York native and now that Bird has retired, she is the face of the franchise.
With the current constructed roster the Storm could still be a threat in the near future. Stewart is already familiar with the system and Noelle Quinn finished her second season as the franchise’s coach.
Stewie re-signing with Seattle is a possibility because she will continue to be the focal point of the franchise and offense. Not to mention, the 4-time All-Star will have Jewell Loyd as a reliable duo.