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Kahleah Copper returning to Chicago Sky on multi-year deal

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WNBA Finals MVP Kahleah Copper is finalizing a multi-year deal to return to the Chicago Sky, sources tell Just Women’s Sports.

The Sky put the core designation on Copper earlier this month, expressing their long-term commitment to the All-Star.

Copper, who has been with the Sky since 2017, helped the franchise win its first-ever WNBA championship after leading Chicago in scoring during the regular season (14.4 points per game) and playoffs (17.7). The guard’s return is the first major domino to fall for a veteran Sky team looking to run it back in 2022.

The Philadelphia native entered the WNBA as the No. 7 overall pick of the Washington Mystics in the 2016 draft. Washington traded Copper to the Sky the following season as part of the deal for Elena Delle Donne. In her first three seasons in Chicago, Copper came off the bench and averaged 6.8 points in 15 minutes per game. She broke out during the 2020 WNBA bubble season, starting every contest and leading the team with 14.9 points per game.

Copper was named the 2021 WNBA Finals MVP after a dominant playoff performance. The Sky overcame two single-elimination games and the No. 1 seed Connecticut Sun in the semifinals before defeating the Phoenix Mercury in four games in the Finals. Copper scored in double digits in each of Chicago’s 10 playoff games.

With Copper, 27, locked in, the Sky can turn their attention to the rest of their unrestricted free agents, notably Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot. Stefanie Dolson, a center on the Sky’s championship team, is on her way out after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the New York Liberty, The Athletic reported on Sunday. Free agents can officially begin signing contracts with teams on Tuesday.

Rachel Galligan is a basketball analyst at Just Women’s Sports. A former professional basketball player and collegiate coach, she also contributes to Winsidr. Follow Rachel on Twitter @RachGall.