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Chicago Sky’s WNBA championship team is breaking up

Candace Parker leads the reigning champion Chicago Sky into the 2022 WNBA season. (Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allie Quigley will not play for the Chicago Sky in 2023, but she also is not retiring, ESPN’s Holly Rowe first reported Wednesday.

The WNBA veteran’s decision is the latest in a string of departures from the Sky, leaving Chicago in 2023 as a very different team from the one that won a WNBA championship in 2021. Candace Parker signed with the Las Vegas Aces in free agency at a heavily discounted $100,000 salary, Courtney Vandersloot is joining the Liberty’s superteam in New York, and Azurá Stevens reportedly will sign with the Los Angeles Sparks.

That leaves Kahleah Copper as Chicago’s only starter left under contact for 2023. Two-time All-Star Emma Meesseman, who started all of the Sky’s games last season, is an unrestricted free agent and “unlikely” to play this season, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Sky appear set to sign Courtney Williams to their roster after the free agent tweeted at Copper on Thursday. The 2021 All-Star will give Chicago much-needed star power following the mass exodus.

Quigley spent the past 10 seasons in Chicago and was an integral part of the Sky’s championship run two years ago alongside Vandersloot, her teammate and wife. She had signed a one-year deal with the Sky in 2022, averaging 11.4 points on 36 percent shooting from the 3-point line, and had opted not to play overseas this offseason.

The 2023 season would have been Quigley’s 15th in the WNBA.

The Liberty made the biggest splash of free agency Wednesday, adding two-time WNBA champion Breanna Stewart to a talented roster that already includes Jonquel Jones, Sabrina Ionescu and Betnijah Laney. Vandersloot gave the Liberty another boost with her announcement Thursday, solidifying New York as a top championship contender alongside the Aces.

In addition to Copper, the Sky have Ruthy Hebard, Julie Allemand, Dana Evans and Li Yueru under contract for 2023. They have over $930,000 in cap space to use on remaining free agents, according to Her Hoop Stats, and the No. 5 pick in the 2023 draft.