Free agency is officially underway. It's been a busy 3 days, but I finally have a chance to sit down, breathe and give my personal take on the top free agent signings so far.
1. Skylar Diggins-Smith-Seattle Storm
After sitting out the 2023 season Skylar is back. Reunited with Jewell Loyd this former Notre Dame backcourt should be exciting to watch and Storm fans should optimistic heading into 2024. At first glance i'm sure fans were wondering why they would trade away a #4 pick and Kia Nurse, but now with Jordan Horston, Ezi Magbegor and Co. I could see this as a very competitive team in this upcoming season especially with a 6x WNBA all-Star and the 2023 WNBA leading scorer leading the way.
2. Natasha Cloud-Phoenix Mercury
I could seem biased to this move, but Cloud is bringing to the Mercury 13 ppg 6 assist and 4 rebounds to a game. If that doesn't sound like a lot to you. The intensity, passion and love for the game should help sway that. With BG and Diana anchoring the team they just needed a solid floor general to lead the team. And who better then cloud? What Cloud brings isn't always on paper. 2022 assist leader and All-defensive presence is just the prescription needed to help bring this team a good deep run this year to the playoffs.
3. Tina Charles-Atlanta Dream
WHOA! If there was one move that shocked everyone. Out of nowhere the Atlanta Dream have resurrected life in TIna Charles. A 1 year deal for almost 200K Tina Charles along with Aerial Powers, and now Jordin Canada make this team a force to be reckoned with. Have I even mentioned Allisha Gray and All-Stars Cheyenne Parker and Rhyne Howard. SHEESH. And 2nd year guard Haley Jones who I feel could make significant improvement from her rookie numbers of 4 ppg and 2 assist. This could be a very exciting and competitive team thay crack the top 5 when all is said and done.
4. Courtney Williams-Minnesota Lynx
Courtney is a player I feel never gets enough appreciation. One of the point guards I have enjoyed watching since I started. Courtney is a point guards point guard. After getting former backcourt teammate Tiffany Mitchell the Lynx instantly upgraded that backcourt in 1 fowl swoop. I remember heading into 2023 we were all thinking how good could Minnesota be without Fowles holding down that Center Spot (I instantly picture Phee saying hold my beer at this point). Diamond Miller, Dorka Juhasz came in and gave the Lynx young every and held it down. I love this starting 5 for 2024 as Napheesa Collier is on a mission to add a MVP to resume as well as a championship. It will be interesting to see what other moves the Lynx make before the season begins.
5. Megan Gustafson
Coming off winning a 2nd championship in a row the Aces came out hitting hard by signing Megan to a 2 year deal. With Colson and Stokes re-signing this gives the chance to continue to build in the middle. You already have Plum, Young and Gray in your back court. Megan gives you another presence inside and takes pressure of A'ja defensively. We are still questioning if Candace returns this coming season. This move also makes it more enticing if Candace does return she won't have to put much wear and tear on her body heading into what could possibly the last season we see Candace on a WNBA court. Either way the Aces are looking ready to chase ring #3
Now keep in mind we still have a lot of available quality players yet to sign. Nneka is still available to Seattle, Chicago and New York According to reports. Elana Delle Donne is still looked at as a sign and trade to apparently either Las Vegas or Phoenix. Dewanna Bonner is not guaranteed to head back to Connecticut according to reports. Either way the first couple of days of free agency were exciting and it will still be going in the next couple weeks. What are your favorite moves so far let us know on twitter and all of our social media platforms. Till next time.
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