January 28, 2022 

The Next’s 2022 free agency projections, Part II: Unrestricted free agents

Part II 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 unrestricted 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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This article covers all unrestricted free agents. Restricted free agents can be found here.

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Unrestricted free agents

1. Jonquel Jones, big wing, 28 years old

Reportedly re-signing with Connecticut

LengthAAVTotal
Median4$228K$912K
Average3$227K$682K

2. Breanna Stewart, big wing, 27 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median4$228K$912K
Average3$225K$677K

3. Kahleah Copper, wing, 27 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median4$228K$723K
Average3$221K$598K

4. Jewell Loyd, combo guard, 28 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median3$228K$570K
Average3$211K$591K

5. Rebecca Allen, combo forward, 29 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median3$148K$398K
Average3$147K$388K

6. Tiffany Hayes, wing, 32 years old

Reportedly re-signing with Atlanta

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$168K$386K
Average2$163K$386K

7. Courtney Vandersloot, point guard, 33 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$198K$310K
Average2$204K$448K

8. Elizabeth Williams, center, 28 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median3$130K$300K
Average3$121K$316K

9. Stefanie Dolson, center, 30 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$150K$300K
Average2$149K$303K

10. Briann January, off-ball guard, 35 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$125K$249K
Average2$139K$266K

11. Sylvia Fowles, center, 36 years old

Announced her intention to return to Minnesota

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$219K$228K
Average1$182K$265K

12. Nia Coffey, combo forward, 26 years old

Reportedly signing with Atlanta

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$93K$210K
Average2$100K$170K

13. Tina Charles, center, 33 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$196K$196K
Average2$187K$308K

14. Sue Bird, point guard, 41 years old

Announced her intention to return to Seattle

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$195K$195K
Average1$191K$191K

15. Riquna Williams, off-ball guard, 31 years old

Expected to re-sign with Las Vegas

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$98K$195K
Average2$103K$171K

16. Allie Quigley, off-ball guard, 35 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$190K$190K
Average1$150K$249K

17. Sophie Cunningham, off-ball guard, 25 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$90K$170K
Average2$91K$160K

18. Angel McCoughtry, wing, 35 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$130K$165K
Average1$138K$175K

19. Courtney Williams, combo guard, 27 years old

Reportedly returning to Connecticut

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$163K$163K
Average1$155K$184K

20. Emma Meesseman, combo forward, 28 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$138K$138K
Average1$108K$155K

21. Layshia Clarendon, point guard, 31 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$95K$118K
Average1$108K$148K

22. Rachel Banham, combo guard, 28 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median2$72K$108K
Average1$59KN/A

23. Astou Ndour-Fall, big, 27 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$79K$90K
Average2$84K$127K

24. Leilani Mitchell, point guard, 36 years old

Mightki be pregnant

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$86K$86K
Average1$94K$94K

25. Shekinna Stricklen, combo forward, 31 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$73K$73K
Average1$55K$55K

26. Odyssey Sims, point guard, 29 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$72K$72K
Average1$78K$108K

27. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, off-ball guard, 26 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$72K$72K
Average1$58K$58K

28. Blake Dietrick, point guard, 28 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$72K$72K
Average1$49K$49K

29. Emma Cannon, big, 32 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$72K$72K
Average1$48K$48K

30. Kiah Stokes, center, 29 years old

Reportedly signing with Atlanta

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$72K$72K
Average1$48K$48K

31. Kristine Anigwe, center, 25 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$72K$72K
Average1$48K$48K

32. Theresa Plaisance, big, 29 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$72K$72K
Average1$44K$44K

33. Crystal Bradford, big wing, 28 years old

LengthAAVTotal
Median1$70K$68K
Average1$76K$53K

34. Natasha Mack, center, 24 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$60K$60K
Average1$40K$60K

35. Joyner Holmes, big, 24 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$60K$60K
Average1$40K$40K

36. Kiana Williams, point guard, 23 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$60K$60K
Average1$40K$40K

37. Candice Dupree, power forward, 37 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$50K$50K
Average1$73K$91K

38. Shavonte Zellous, off-ball guard, 35 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$36K$36K
Average1$37K$37K

39. Reshanda Gray, big, 28 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
Median1$36K$36K
Average1$36K$36K

40. Liz Cambage, center, 30 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$51K$78K

41. Jessica Breland, center, 34 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$24K$24K

42. Bria Holmes, combo forward, 28 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$24K$24K

43. Cierra Burdick, big, 28 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$24K$24K

44. Stella Johnson, combo guard, 23 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$24K$24K

45. Haley Gorecki, point guard, 25 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$20K$20K

46. Alanna Smith, combo forward, 25 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$18K$18K

47. Jillian Alleyne, big, 27 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$18K$18K

48. Linnae Harper, point guard, 26 years old

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contract$18K$18K

49. Brittany Boyd-Jones, Kalani Brown, N’dea Jones, Kiara Leslie, Shyla Heal, Stephanie Watts

 LengthAAVTotal
MedianNo contractN/AN/A
AverageNo contractN/AN/A

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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