While basketball fans eagerly await the return of the best women’s basketball league in the world, WNBA offices are busy building rosters, signing free agents and making deals to improve their teams.
We will discuss all trade throughout the offseason until the WNBA trade deadline on August 7, so keep it here for the latest updates and confirmed moves.
February 1: Breanna Stewart signs with the New York Liberty
As with Parker, **Stewart**’s decision to join Liberty is so important to the league that it needs to be highlighted – even if it’s a free agency move, not a trade.
Stewart was probably one of them, if not the the most wanted free agent in the past off-season, and for good reason: among her many accolades, the 28-year-old is a two-time WNBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, four-time All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time World Championship gold medalist, and 2018 regular season MVP .
At 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in), Stewart is one of the most dominant players in the WNBA and led the entire league in scoring in 2022 with 21.8 points per game. After seven seasons with Seattle Storm, Stewart will now join first-choice in 2020 Sabrina Ionescu and MVP 2021 Jonquel Jones in New York, instantly leapfrogging Liberty to the championship contenders.
January 28: Candace Parker signs with the Las Vegas Aces
While not a trade, the news is that a two-time Olympic gold medalist Candace Parker It is worth mentioning plans to sign a contract with the 2022 champion Las Vegas Aces.
Adding Parker to a roster that already includes the two-time MVP A’Ja Wilson and Tokyo 2020 3X3 gold medalist Kelsey Plum further solidifies the Aces’ preseason status as the favorites for the 2023 championship.
January 21: Dallas sells Allisha Gray to Atlanta, Los Angeles acquires Dearica Hamby from Las Vegas
Gray, who won 3X3 gold along with Plum in Tokyo, was traded to Atlanta Dream in exchange for two first-round draft picks: the #3 pick in the 2023 draft and Dream’s first-round pick in the 2025 draft.
The Aces traded two-time All-Star Hamby and a 2024 first-round draft pick to Los Angeles in exchange for Amanda Zahui B.’s negotiating rights and a 2024 second-round pick for the Sparks.
January 16: Connecticut trades Jasmine Thomas to Los Angeles
Veteran quarterback Jasmine Thomas is traded to the Sparks with a 2023 first-round pick, the Connecticut Sun announces. The Sun will be ranked seventh overall in 2021 Jasmine Walkerthe right to the 16th general election in 2022 Kianna Smith and 2022 19th pick overall Olivia Nelson-Ododa instead.
January 15: Jonquel Jones traded to New York
Connecticut traded 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones to Liberty in a three-team deal. New York brings Rebecca Allen and Natasha Howard to the Sun and Dallas Wings, respectively.
The Wings also shipped Kayla Thornton and Tyasha Harris to New York and Connecticut, respectively, and received the rights to Crystal Dangerfield of the Liberty as part of the trade.
The Sun is also given the #6 pick in New York in the 2023 WNBA Draft.
Jan. 13: Atlanta trades Kristy Wallace to Indiana for Danielle Robinson
Three-time WNBA All-Star Robinson joins Dream, while defender Kristy Wallace is transferred to Rush.