Feb 2, 2022 - Sports

Chicago Sky making free agency moves

Players celebrate winning a basketball championship.
Kahleah Copper celebrates after winning the WNBA Finals MVP last year. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

It's been 20 years since a WNBA team has won back-to-back titles. If the Chicago Sky and Candace Parker are going to repeat this season, it all starts in free agency.

Why it matters: Chicago had just four players under contract (including Parker and forward Azurรก Stevens) going into the off-season.

๐Ÿ‘ Who's in: Finals MVP Kahleah Copper is back, reportedly on a multi-year deal. The guard led the team in scoring last year and is the motor of the offense.

  • 2019 Finals MVP Emma Meesseman is leaving the Mystics for the Sky, per the Sun-Times. The Belgian didn't play in the WNBA last year to focus on the Olympics but is one of the top-shooting forwards in the league. An under-the-radar signing that could end up looking like a coup.

๐Ÿ‘‹ Who's out: Center Stefanie Dolson is signing with the Liberty. The New York native is a fan favorite and a good player but was also just seventh on the team in rebounding last year.

  • Meesseman's signing likely means Diamond DeShields is gone. While 2018's No. 3 overall pick showed flashes, she shot less than 40% last year.

๐Ÿค” Who's up in the air: The Vanderquigs. Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley are married and a package deal. Losing both dynamic guards would be devastating but now looks more likely after the Sky offered Vandersloot a "disrespectful offer," per ESPN's Holly Rowe.

  • Parker turns 36 in April and won't withstand a full season at center. Does the Dolson replacement come from a bench promotion or free agency?

The bottom line: Chicago won a title last year on ball movement, so adding Meesseman makes a strength even stronger.

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