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Courtney Vandersloot joins stacked New York Liberty roster

Courtney Vandersloot spent her first 12 seasons with the Chicago Sky. (Kena Krutsinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

Courtney Vandersloot is signing with the New York Liberty, adding another jewel to their offseason crown.

The 33-year-old point guard announced her WNBA free agency destination Thursday afternoon via her personal Twitter account. She had spent the first 12 seasons of her career with the Chicago Sky, but she revealed her plan to sign elsewhere earlier this week.

“Although I never planned for this day to come, I have decided that it is time for me to pursue a new beginning,” Vandersloot wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday, though she did not specify her landing spot at the time.

With the Liberty, Vandersloot joins a superteam in the making.

Breanna Stewart announced her intention to join the Liberty to open the free agency signing period Wednesday. New York also added 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones from the Connecticut Sun with a blockbuster trade in January.

During the introductory press conference for Jones, general manager Jonathan Kolb said the Liberty planned to be “very aggressive” in free agency. He has delivered on that promise, landing two of the top free agents in the class.

Reports had tied Vandersloot’s negotiations to those of Stewart, though Stewart did not pressure the point guard after she announced her own plan to sign with the Liberty.

“My message to Sloot is she knows I love to play with her, but I’m going to support her in any decision she makes,” Stewart said.

Still, Stewart must approve of the addition of Vandersloot, as the 28-year-old forward reportedly will accept “substantially less” money from New York to facilitate the signing.

Vandersloot also recently signed with Turkish club Fenerbahçe, the same club Stewart is playing for this WNBA offseason. When Vandersloot heads to Turkey later this month, fans will get a preview of their partnership ahead of the 2023 WNBA season.

While Vandersloot was linked to the Seattle Storm on Wednesday afternoon, her agent debunked that rumor, saying the point guard had not yet made her decision. In signing with the Liberty, she leaves the Storm and the Sky in need of starting point guards.

Since the Sky made Vandersloot the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Gonzaga, she has been one of the best at her position in the league. She has led the league in assists six times in 12 seasons, and she has averaged 6.6 assists per game in her career.

The four-time All-Star helped lead the Sky to the 2021 WNBA championship alongside teammate and wife Allie Quigley, who announced Wednesday that she would sit out the 2023 season. The departures of Vandersloot and Quigley, as well as Candace Parker and Azurá Stevens, leave Chicago with just a shell of their 2021 championship roster.