WNBA free agency and NBA trade deadline shakeup both leagues
The GIST: While NBA hoopers continue to post stunning stat lines on the court, the real basketball blockbusters are going down off it, with WNBA free agency in full swing and the NBA trade deadline set for tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. Hoop, there it is.
WNBA free agency: Take cover because there’s a new big three in Seattle. The Storm inked top free agent and former MVP Nneka Ogwumike to a one-year deal on Monday, their latest massive acquisition following last week’s signing of six-time All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith.
- That electric duo will join forces with last year’s league-leading scorer, Jewell Loyd, as Seattle seeks a return to the postseason. A storm is certainly brewing.
- Elsewhere, the rebuilding Chicago Sky dealt 2021 Finals MVP and franchise star Kahleah Copper to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for multiple draft picks and two players.
NBA trade deadline: Woj bombs, incoming…maybe. Typically a day of chaos in one of sport’s most dramatic leagues, this year’s NBA trade deadline is expected to be more tame with superstars likely staying put. But some key role players could still be on the move as playoff-contending teams look to load up for the final postseason push.
- The ones to watch? Last year’s Sixth Man of the Year and current Portland Trailblazer Malcolm Brogdon and 2022 All-Star Dejounte Murray of the Atlanta Hawks. Stay tuned.