Elizabeth Williams opens up about Washington Mystics decision

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Elizabeth Williams is opening up about her free agency journey, penning an op-ed in The Players’ Tribune.

The 28-year-old was selected fourth overall by Connecticut in the 2015 WNBA Draft before being traded to Atlanta the following season, where she spent the last six years of her career.

Williams is now heading to the Washington Mystics, with the team announcing the center-forward’s signing on Tuesday.

“I’m so excited for this new journey in Washington, but I wouldn’t be in the position I am now without my Dream teammates and everything that we built in Atlanta,” Williams writes, “From my first conversation with Coach Thibault, I knew D.C. had so much that I was looking for. Championship contenders. Incredible staff. Amazing reputation. An impassioned city.”

The decision wasn’t an easy one for Williams, despite the Mystics’ sterling reputation, with Atlanta considered home for the WNBA star.

Williams remembers the team’s efforts to elect now-senator Raphael Warnock, ousting then-Dream owner Kelly Loeffler from her seat and effectively the team.

“I grew in ways I never thought I would, using my voice and my platform in some of the most stressful moments possible,” recalls Williams.

Though she had proud moments on and off the court in Atlanta, it became evident to Williams after the team’s 8-24 record at the end of the 2021 season that she needed to make a change.

“Then that feeling hit me, and I had to ask myself a really hard question, ‘Was my best basketball behind me?’” writes Williams, “Eventually, I came to my answer… I have A LOT more basketball in me.”

Williams will join a Washington Mystics roster that includes Elena Delle Donne, Natasha Cloud, Alysha Clark and Ariel Atkins. The team narrowly missed the WNBA playoffs last season, ending the year with a 12-20 record.

“At the end of the day I knew it was time for a change. Free agency wasn’t about choosing a team, it was about choosing me.”