January 20, 2023
The Next’s 2023 free agency projections, part 2: Unrestricted free agents
Where will Stewie sign? Our team predicts it all.
Welcome back to free agency! Once again, we here at The Next are bringing fun, original, informative resources, continuing our second-annual free agency predictions with the 2023 crop of unrestricted free agents. In case you missed Part I, 15 of our reporters, analysts and contributors each submitted their thoughts on how the 2023 WNBA free agent market would play out. We looked at recent markets, team cap sheets and league trends to help set some expectations for impending offseason moves across the league. You can check out our predictions for restricted free agency here.
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Listed below are the top 48 unrestricted free agents, sorted by total projected contract value. Their average contract projections and team predictions are visible. And a visual breakdown of our predictions can be seen by clicking “See more detail.” There you have a graph of our responses for contract length and a histogram to show the distribution of average annual values (AAV, i.e. salaries).
Please note that news has broken since our staff was surveyed. Relevant additional information, such as our Howard Megdal’s report of negotiations between Courtney Vandersloot and the Liberty, is noted below.
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Unrestricted free agents
1. Breanna Stewart, big wing, 28 years old
2. Brionna Jones, center, 27 years old
Jones has been cored by Connecticut, and cannot negotiate with any other teams.
3. Azurá Stevens, big, 27 years old
Our Howard Megdal reported that Stevens has drawn heavy interest from Chicago, Connecticut, Indiana, Los Angeles and Minnesota. Seattle and Atlanta have been speculatively connected as well.
4. Nneka Ogwumike, big, 32 years old
6. Brittney Griner, center, 32 years old
7. Isabelle Harrison, big, 29 years old
8. Monique Billings, big, 27 years old
9. Alysha Clark, off-ball guard, 35 years old
10. Brittney Sykes, off-ball guard, 29 years old
11. Diana Taurasi, combo guard, 41 years old
12. Candace Parker, big, 37 years old
13. Courtney Vandersloot, point guard, 34 years old
Our Howard Megdal reported Vandersloot’s biggest suitors are Minnesota, New York, Seattle and Chicago.