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WNBA free agency 2023: Which players are on the market?

Courtney Vandersloot and Breanna Stewart lead the WNBA’s stacked class of unrestricted free agents. (Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

While WNBA free agency negotiations are well underway, Wednesday will bring a renewed frenzy as the first day that players can sign contracts ahead of the 2023 season.

One of the jewels of the free agent class, Candace Parker has already has selected her next destination. The two-time WNBA MVP plans to sign with the reigning WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces, with the goal of making the lineup even stronger.

The Connecticut Sun took another top free agent off the board when they used the core tag on Brionna Jones to keep her in the fold.

Still more stars remain up for grabs, including 2018 MVP Breanna Stewart, who has narrowed her choices to the Seattle Storm and the New York Liberty.

The WNBA unveiled the complete rundown of unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents and reserved players ahead of the free agency signing period. Just Women’s Sports breaks them down below.

Unrestricted free agents

An unrestricted free agent can sign with any team. Players are listed alongside their most recent team and their position.

  • Lindsay Allen — Minnesota Lynx, G
  • Rachel Banham, Minnesota Lynx, G
  • Monique Billings — Atlanta Dream, F
  • Lexie Brown — Los Angeles Sparks, G
  • Maya Caldwell — Atlanta Dream, G
  • Jordin Canada — Los Angeles Sparks, G
  • Kaila Charles — Atlanta Dream, G/F
  • Tina Charles — Seattle Storm, F/C
  • Alysha Clark — Washington Mystics, F
  • Nia Coffey — Atlanta Dream, F
  • Sydney Colson — Las Vegas Aces, G
  • Damiris Dantas — Minnesota Lynx, F
  • Kaela Davis — Phoenix Mercury, F
  • Reshanda Gray — Phoenix Mercury, F
  • Brittney Griner — Phoenix Mercury, C
  • Isabelle Harrison — Dallas Wings, F
  • Bria Hartley — Connecticut Sun, G
  • Tianna Hawkins — Washington Mystics, F
  • Moriah Jefferson — Minnesota Lynx, G
  • Jantel Lavender — Seattle Storm, F
  • Emma Meesseman — Chicago Sky, F
  • Tiffany Mitchell — Indiana Fever, G
  • Kia Nurse — Phoenix Mercury, G/F
  • Chiney Ogwumike — Los Angeles Sparks, F/C
  • Nneka Ogwumike — Los Angeles Sparks, F
  • JiSu Park — Las Vegas Aces, C
  • Candace Parker — Chicago Sky, F
  • Theresa Plaisance — Las Vegas Aces, F/C
  • Epiphanny Prince — Seattle Storm, G
  • Allie Quigley — Chicago Sky, G
  • Ivana Raca — Fenerbahçe, F
  • Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe — CJM Bourges Basket, F
  • Kylee Shook — New York Liberty, C
  • Jennie Simms — Phoenix Mercury, G
  • Odyssey Sims — Connecticut Sun, G
  • Azura Stevens — Chicago Sky, F/C
  • Breanna Stewart — Seattle Storm, F
  • Kiah Stokes — Las Vegas Aces, C
  • Brittney Sykes — Los Angeles Sparks, G
  • Stephanie Talbot — Seattle Storm, F
  • Diana Taurasi — Phoenix Mercury, G
  • Kristi Toliver — Los Angeles Sparks, G
  • Yvonne Turner — Phoenix Mercury, G
  • Courtney Vandersloot — Chicago Sky, G
  • Shatori Walker-Kimbrough — Washington Mystics, G
  • Erica Wheeler — Atlanta Dream, G
  • Sami Whitcomb — New York Liberty, G
  • Courtney Williams — Connecticut Sun, G
  • Elizabeth Williams — Atlanta Dream, C

Restricted free agents

A restricted free agents’ previous team can match a contract offer from another team. The player will remain with their previous team if the offer is matched.

  • Emma Cannon — Indiana Fever, F
  • Bridget Carleton — Minnesota Lynx, F
  • Sophie Cunningham — Phoenix Mercury, G
  • Megan Gustafson — Phoenix Mercury, C
  • Natisha Hiedeman — Connecticut Sun, G
  • Marina Mabrey — Dallas Wings, G
  • Teaira McCowan — Dallas Wings, C
  • Shey Peddy — Phoenix Mercury, G
  • Victoria Vivians — Indiana Fever, G
  • Gabby Williams — Seattle Storm, F

Reserved players

A reserved player has received a qualifying offer from their previous team. That team has exclusive negotiating rights with the player.

  • Anna Cruz — Minnesota Lynx, G
  • Crystal Dangerfield — New York Liberty, G
  • Rennia Davis — Indiana Fever, G/F
  • AD Durr — Atlanta Dream, G
  • Temi Fagbenle — Indiana Fever, C
  • Rebekah Gardner — Chicago Sky, G
  • Joyner Holmes — Connecticut Sun, C
  • Marine Johannes — New York Liberty, G
  • Jazmine Jones — Washington Mystics, G
  • Rui Machida — Washington Mystics, G
  • Ezi Magbegor — Seattle Storm, F/C
  • Beatrice Mompremier — Atlanta Dream, C
  • Khayla Pointer — Indiana Fever, G
  • Kianna Smith — Los Angeles Sparks, G
  • Sam Thomas — Phoenix Mercury, G
  • Han Xu — New York Liberty, C

Clark, Martin Square Off in First Pro WNBA Matchup

Kate Martin #20 of the Las Vegas Aces and Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever look on during the game
Things looked a little different Saturday night as the former Iowa teammates went head-to-head in Las Vegas. (Jeff Bottari/NBAE via Getty Images)

Former Iowa teammates Caitlin Clark and Kate Martin shared the court once again on Saturday, this time as professionals.

It was Martin’s Aces that got the 99-80 win over Clark’s Fever in Las Vegas. The pair's former coaches Lisa Bluder, Jan Jensen, Jenni Fitzgerald, and Raina Harmon were all in attendance to watch their Hawkeyes — Clark, Martin, and former national player of the year Megan Gustafson — take the court.

"It’s super special. It’s cool for our program, cool for Lisa, for Coach Jan, for all of them," Clark said in a pregame press conference. "They’ve known me since I’ve been 13 years old and now I’m 22 getting to live out my dream and they’ve been a huge part of that and helping me get here and helping Megan and Kate to get here too. It’s a great moment for them and I’m sure they’re not complaining about a trip to Vegas."

As for her college teammate, Clark had nothing but good things to say ahead of the showdown. 

"I’m just really happy for her and everything Coach [Becky] Hammon says about her is so true," she said. "Every person that played at Iowa and was around her knows that to be true. She’s the ultimate teammate, ultimate person, ultimate leader."

In the end, Martin stole the show with 12 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes, while Clark amassed eight points, seven assists, and five rebounds over 29 minutes of playing time. 

"It was weird," Martin admitted after the game. "I'm not going to lie — just looking out on the court and seeing her in a different jersey than me, it was obviously different. But it's really fun. We're both living out our dreams right now."

The Aces next meet the fever on July 2nd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Barcelona Beat Lyon to Win Back-to-Back Champions League Titles

Barcelona's Aitana Bonmatí and Alexia Putellas celebrating after beating Lyon at the 2024 Champions League final
Ballon d'Or winners Aitana Bonmatí and Alexia Putellas helped Barcelona to a second-straight UWCL title on Saturday. (Ramsey Cardy - Sportsfile/UEFA via Getty Images)

Barcelona was crowned champion of the Champions League on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Lyon in Bilbao.

Alexia "La Reina" Putellas, who recently re-signed with Barcelona, came off the bench to score the team's second goal. Fellow Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmatí provided the team’s first. After the game, defender Lucy Bronze said Putellas was nicknamed "the queen" for a reason.

"Alexia is the captain of the team and she's the queen of Barcelona for a reason,"  defender Lucy Bronze told DAZN. "She's got the quality to do that in the last minute of the Champions League final when we were up against it at the end and it just sealed the win for us. It was amazing."

The victory marked Barcelona's first win over Lyon in a UWCL final, having previously gone up against the French side at both the 2019 and 2022 Champions League finals. It's also Barcelona's second Champions League title in a row.

"It's hard to win it once, but to do it back-to-back, Lyon showed how difficult it is and this team has finally done that," Bronze said. "I think we go down in history as one of the best teams in Europe."

This season, the team also secured a quadruple for the first time in club history, having already won Liga F, the Copa de la Reina, and the Spanish Supercopa. The win ensures that coach Jonatan Giráldez — who has officially departed the team to join the NWSL's Washington Spirit — leaves Europe a champion.

"It was an incredible game. I am really happy, it's one of the best days of my life for sure," Giráldez told broadcaster DAZN after the game. "We did an amazing job. I am very proud of all of them."

Following the win, Putellas said her team "can't ask for anything else."

"Our objective was to win four out of four," the Spain international told reporters. "We have achieved everything we wanted. Every minute of sacrifice has been worth the effort — and I'd say that not after the game, but before, just entering in the stadium, with all the support we had here, it was worth it."

2024 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Aitana Bonmatí said that the crowd support made it "feel like Camp Nou."

"I am on cloud nine right now," she said. "It is an historic day which we will remember forever."

Sun’s Alyssa Thomas Ejected After Flagrant 2 on Sky Rookie Angel Reese

Angel Reese said there were "no hard feelings" stemming from Alyssa Thomas's flagrant foul. (Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Angel Reese might have gotten knocked down on Saturday, but she got right back up again. 

Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas was ejected from the Sun’s 86-82 win over Chicago following a flagrant foul 2 on Reese — the first of her career. While the two were battling for a rebound, Reese took a clothesline hold around the neck courtesy of Thomas before hitting the ground.

After the game, Reese told reporters that there were "no hard feelings" and she appreciated Thomas for playing her hard beneath the basket.

"I know she purposely probably didn’t do it towards me," Reese said. "But just being able to come out there and just be strong and stand on two feet, it was going to be a tough game and that’s what I’m built for. And my teammates had my back throughout the whole game. So I was prepared for it."

She also didn’t buy into the idea that it was a "Welcome to the WNBA" moment, but thanked Thomas "sending a message" because it helped her get back up and "keep pushing."

"It’s not just because I’m a rookie. I’m a player. I’m a basketball player. They don’t give a damn if I’m a rookie. I mean, I want them to come at me every day. I want them to come at everybody," she added. "I mean, they’re not supposed to be nice to me. I hope y’all know that. They’re not supposed to be nice to me or lay down because I’m Angel Reese or because I’m a rookie."

Reese finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, and two assists over 33 minutes.

Barcelona to Face Lyon in Champions League Rematch This Weekend

UEFA Women's Champions League Final"Barcelona FC - Olympique Lyonnais"
Saturday's game will be the third UWCL final meeting for Barcelona and Lyon, having previously gone up against each other in 2019 and 2022. (ANP via Getty Images)

The UEFA Women's Champions League final kicks off in Bilbao on Saturday, with a couple of familiar foes set to face off for the trophy.

Olympique Lyonnais Féminin, making its 11th final appearance since 2010, will go head to head with a Barcelona side making its fourth final appearance in a row.

This will be the third time these two teams meet in the UWCL title game, having previously appeared in the 2019 and 2022 finals. Lyon won both of those prior games against Barcelona, alongside a total of eight Champions League trophies. That’s double that of any other club, with Eintracht Frankfurt coming in a distant second with four. 

Should Barcelona win, this would be the team's third title — breaking a tie for the third in the UWCL total titles race. 

But as these teams return to the UWCL final, it also marks the end of an era for both clubs. The game will be the last for both club managers, as Barcelona’s Jonatan Giráldez and Lyon’s Sonia Bompastor depart for new jobs after the season's end.

Giráldez is set to leave for the NWSL's Washington Spirit, while Bompastor will take over for incoming USWNT coach Emma Hayes at Chelsea. Both coaches have earned one UWCL trophy during their tenures, while Bompastor also brought two Champions League trophies to Lyon as a player. She was the first coach to win a UWCL trophy as both a coach and player.

This season, Barcelona is looking for its first quadruple, having won a fifth Liga F title alongside the Copa de La Reina, and the Spanish Supercopa. 

"We hope he can go out with the four trophies because we know how competitive and ambitious he is," Barcelona midfielder Patri Guijarro told ESPN. "It has been a winning era with him in charge and for him to go out with all four trophies would be historic and incredible."

But Lyon's Damaris Egurrola is excited about her team's chances of overcoming Barcelona once again — and to do it in front of family and friends.

"Lyon have something special," she told Forbes ahead of the weekend's final. "We have a great team and we have the players with enough talent to win any match."

The game will be a homecoming for Egurrola, who began her professional career with Athletic Bilbao.

"I’ve been thinking of this day and night," she said. "I’ve been dreaming of playing this match. Having the opportunity to play in San Mames is amazing. This is where it all started for me."

The UEFA Women's Champions League final kicks off Saturday, May 25th at 12 PM ET and is free to stream on DAZN.

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