Breanna Stewart has whittled her possible free agency destinations from four teams down to two, Rachel Galligan of Just Women’s Sports and Winsidr reported Sunday.
The 2018 WNBA MVP plans to sign with either the New York Liberty or the Seattle Storm, per Galligan. Stewart has played her first six seasons with the Storm, and she has been linked to the Liberty in the last two offseasons.
Breanna Stewart has officially narrowed down her choices to the Seattle Storm and the New York Liberty, per @RachGall pic.twitter.com/UYNQpSr5HV— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) January 30, 2023
Breanna Stewart has officially narrowed down her choices to the Seattle Storm and the New York Liberty, per @RachGall pic.twitter.com/UYNQpSr5HV
While the 28-year-old forward also was set to meet with the Washington Mystics and Minnesota Lynx when the free-agency negotiating period opened last week, those teams are out of the running.
So, between the Liberty and the Storm, which team is the best fit for Stewart?
The Storm selected Stewart with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, and she won WNBA championships with the team in 2018 and 2020. Seattle also could be a draw for Washington native and fellow free agent Courtney Vandersloot, whose decision reportedly will factor into Stewart’s own choice.
Yet with Candace Parker announcing her decision to sign with the reigning WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces, a move to the Eastern Conference could be enticing. Stewart is from New York state, and the Liberty made a splashy trade for 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones earlier this month.
Stewart certainly seems to be having fun with the free agency process, posting emoji-filled tweets and leaving fans scrambling to decipher their meanings.
She also has been vocal about making charter flights a key factor in her decision-making. The WNBA’s travel policy does not allow charter flights; teams must use commercial flights to travel to regular-season games. Liberty owners Joe and Clara Tsai have been at the forefront of advocating for changes to league travel accommodations. The team was reportedly fined $500,000 for chartering flights to away games during the second half of the 2021 season.