January 27, 2022 

The Next’s 2022 free agency projections, part 1: Restricted free agents

Part I of II, The Next projections for WNBA free agency

Welcome to free agency, everybody — we’ve made it! Here at The Next, we’re ever-dedicated to both fun projects and creating resources, so several of us came together to look at the free-agent market, team cap sheets, and league trends to help set some expectations for this year’s impending offseason moves. Listed below are all restricted free agents, sorted by total projected contract value. Their contract projections and team predictions are visible. And where there were enough responses, a visual breakdown of our predictions can be seen by clicking “See more detail”. There you have a graph of our responses for length and a histogram to show the distribution of average annual values (AAV, i.e. salaries).

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Coming in Part II: unrestricted free agents.

Note: There are 30 graphs in this article — it will take slightly longer than usual to load. It is recommended that you hit “Show less detail” on when done with a given player.

Restricted free agents

1. Myisha Hines-Allen, combo forward, 25 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median3$153K$518K
Average3$157K$501K

2. A’ja Wilson, big, 25 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$196K$393K
Average2$196K$441K

3. Diamond DeShields, wing, 27 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median3$135K$330K
Average3$137K$378K

4. Mercedes Russell, center, 26 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$149K$317K
Average2$141K$342K

5. Jordin Canada, point guard, 26 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$96K$192K
Average2$100K$208K

6. Monique Billings, big, 26 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$91K$183K
Average2$88K$158K

7. Stephanie Talbot, off-ball guard, 27 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$87K$173K
Average2$91K$163K

8. Kia Nurse, off-ball guard, 26 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$98K$140K
Average2$102K$177K

9. Lindsay Allen, point guard, 27 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$79K$80K
Average1$79K$99K

10. Lexie Brown, combo guard, 27 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$74K$74K
Average1$74K$94K

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the Seattle Storm and college basketball for The Next, while also writing for The Chronicle, Duke's independent student paper

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