2022 WNBA Free Agency

WNBA Free Agency Overview

2022 WNBA free agency is going to be interesting! Unrestricted free agent Breanna Stewart told SB Nation “I think that this year, this free agency is probably gonna be the biggest free agency since our new CBA.” And we can’t wait to see the twists and turns ahead.

Candace Parker made the biggest move last year, choosing to return home to Chicago, and culminated the season crowned a WNBA champion. Player movement is good for any sports league, especially the WNBA. Marquee players want to be in control of their careers, and should be given the opportunity to see what else is out there.

As Chelsea Gray’s wife Tipsea explained during the awesome Uninterrupted documentary detailing the couple’s free agency visit to the Las Vegas Aces in 2021, “You get to see how other teams operate, you get to see how other people treat their players, treat superstars and from there you can make an educated decision. But when you only have been with one franchise, you don’t know what you don’t know.”

In January 2020, the WNBA set the wheels in motion for players to move to new teams, as the league and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association reached a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The new CBA provides players with better travel accommodations, motherhood and family planning, and salary increases. Ultimately allowing for a total team salary cap of more than $1.3 million. And all WNBA teams must carry at least 11 players on their roster. Other changes that impact player movement include that a player can now only be “cored” three times, rather than four. And players must only finish five seasons prior to entering unrestricted free agency, down from six.

So today, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about how WNBA free agency works, including key dates. We’ll share some top players that could be on the move. We’ll reveal the latest free agency rumors. And we’ll discuss every team’s current roster and their newest transactions, so you can easily keep track of your favorite players.

2022 WNBA Free Agency FAQs

WNBA free agency is really important to keep the league growing. Here are some answers to common questions about free agency.

Does the WNBA have free agency?

Yes. Teams can start negotiating with players on Jan. 15. But there’s a moratorium period and no contracts can be officially signed until Feb. 1.

How does WNBA free agency work?

Once free agency officially begins, teams can negotiate with players, and there are classifications that players fall into that determine how they can negotiate (4 main ones). From January 1 to January 14, teams are required to send out qualifying offers to make applicable players restricted or reserved. Most eligible players will get those qualifying offers, because it’s non-guaranteed money that teams can cut at a later date. 

  • Jan 1: Teams can start extending qualifying offers to reserved free agents.
  • Jan 15: Teams can start negotiating with free agents.
  • Feb 1: Players can officially sign negotiated contracts.

Categories of free agents

Free agents are expected to be divided into four categories: core players, reserved players, restricted free agents, and unrestricted free agents. 

1. Core players

These are player designations that give that team exclusive negotiating rights with the player. According to the WNBA, players can now receive a core designation only three times in their career. 

Core players for WNBA free agency

2. Reserved players

Players with three or fewer years of service are considered to be reserved players. According to the WNBA, the player’s prior team has exclusive negotiating rights (like the core designation).

Reserved players for WNBA free agency

3. Restricted free agents

These are players with four or five years of service. According to the WNBA, restricted free agency gives the player’s prior team the right to keep the player by matching a contract offer the player signs with another team during free agency. This ends up being a lot of players who have just finished their rookie scale contract.

The WNBA goes on to explain that if the player signs a contract offer with another team, the player’s prior team has four days from the date it received the offer to determine whether it wishes to match. If the offer is matched, the player will remain with their prior team. If the offer is not matched within the four-day period, the player will be under contract with the new team. 

Restricted free agents for WNBA

4. Unrestricted free agents

Unrestricted free agents are players who complete the playing services called for in their contract and have played for five or more years. They are free to sign with any team provided that they are not designated as a “Core Player” by their prior team, according to the WNBA CBA.

WNBA unrestricted free agents

Top player free agents to watch in 2022

Keep your eye on the WNBA transactions page this year to see moves as they happen. Here are a few we’re watching closely:

  • Allie Quigley – Chicago Sky
  • Angel McCoughtry – Las Vegas Aces
  • Breanna Stewart – Seattle Storm
  • Courtney Vandersloot – Chicago Sky
  • Jewell Loyd – Seattle Storm
  • Jonquel Jones – Connecticut Sun
  • Kahleah Copper – Chicago Sky
  • Liz Cambage – Las Vegas Aces
  • Sylvia Fowles – Connecticut Sun
  • Tiffany Hayes – Atlanta Dream
  • Tina Charles – Washington Mystics

ESPN has also ranked the top 20 best free agents for 2022, with Jonquel Jones, Breanna Stewart, and A’ja Wilson leading the way.

2022 WNBA free agency rumors

Discover some of the latest discussion and free agency speculation – some from confirmed sources – for this year. It’s about to get wild – and some hoopers are already having fun! As Isabelle Harrison said, “WNBA players out here doing recruiting visits for free agency.” Don’t want to speculate and just want to see the results? Below this rumor section you’ll find another section with all the official transactions that have been made for each team and their current rosters.

Atlanta Dream free agency rumors

  • The Atlanta Dream won’t bring back Courtney Williams and Crystal Bradford after their involvement in a fight in May, according to the WNBA players’ agent, Marcus Crenshaw. Marcus, head of The Fam sports agency, spoke on an Instagram Live chat with Girls Talk Sports TV.
  • Multiple sources confirmed to TheNextHoops that free agent Nia Coffey is headed to Atlanta from the Sparks, where she averaged 8.3 points and 3.8 rebounds last season.
  • The Atlanta Dream are finalizing a deal to re-sign Tiffany Hayes reported Rachel Galligan. While GrlsTlkSportsTV reported that they’re expected to agree to a possible one-year deal.
  • League sources confirmed to Richard Cohen and HerHoopStats that Tiffany Hayes re-signed with the Dream for one-year, fully protected, for $215,000.
  • Odyssey Sims is unlikely to return to Atlanta in 2022, a source with knowledge of the situation told TheNextHoops. She has had discussions with the Minnesota Lynx, Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun so far this free agency period reported Winsidr.
  • Sources told GrlsTlkSportsTV that Monique Billings is drawing interest from the Seattle Storm and the Indiana Fever along with the Atlanta Dream. And that the New York Liberty have also inquired about the availability of free agent Monique Billings. Monique Billings and the Dream are working on finalizing a deal reported Khristina Williams. It has been finalized and the deal is for one year, $140k reported Spencer Nusbaum.
  • Elizabeth Williams recently met with the New York Liberty, Seattle Storm, Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream, reported Ramona Shelburne.
  • The Atlanta Dream are expected to acquire Kia Vaughn from the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for their 2023 third round draft pick sources told Winsidr.

Chicago Sky free agency rumors

  • Courtney Vandersloot has several free agency meetings scheduled, including with Seattle Storm, a league source told the Chicago Sun-Times. A source told Khristina Williams that both Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot returning to the Chicago Sky is very likely. Sources have confirmed to ESPN reports Mechelle Voepel, that Courtney Vandersloot has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Sky. Courtney Vandersloot re-signed with the Chicago Sky for a one-year, fully protected contract of $195,000. Allie Quigley re-signed with the Chicago Sky for a one-year, fully protected contract of $135,000.
  • Stefanie Dolson has a meeting set with the Storm, reported Annie Costabile. And a source confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times that Stefanie has met with the New York Liberty and over the next week will meet with the Las Vegas Aces, Atlanta Dream, and Chicago Sky. Now she has narrowed her choices to New York and Seattle after eliminating the others, per Chantel Jennings’ league source. Stefanie Dolson has agreed to terms to a multi-year deal with the New York Liberty, per sources, reports Chantel Jennings. Her deal is two years, fully protected, for $160,000/$160,000. So the exact same per-year cost as Mercedes Russell in Seattle, but a year shorter, reported Richard Cohen.
  • Diamond DeShields is on the move. Her agent, Mike Cound, said Diamond has taken meetings with half the league via Zoom and has narrowed it down to three serious contenders as of Thursday. However sources have informed Winsidr that the Atlanta Dream have not been in discussion with Diamond DeShields. League sources confirmed to HerHoopStats that restricted free agent Diamond DeShields’s deal with the Mercury is for two years, $150,000/$154,500, fully protected. As it’s a sign-and-trade, obviously no waiting period to see if Chicago match said Richard Cohen.
  • Sources have informed Winsidr of an expected three-team trade involving the Indiana Fever, Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky. Phoenix receives Diamond DeShields. Chicago receives Julie Allemand and the 2023 1st round pick from Phoenix.
  • Sources told Winsidr that the Chicago Sky have agreed to terms with Emma Meesseman. Meesseman’s deal is for one-year, $185,000 and is fully protected.
  • Sources told Winsidr the Chicago Sky will be signing Crystal Bradford to a training camp contract. However, Khristina Williams said sources told her that the Chicago Sky and Crystal are still negotiating terms of a contract; however the contract will not be a training camp contract. Both sides are expected to reach an agreement. League sources confirm that Crystal Bradford’s deal with the Sky is one year, unprotected, for $62,000. So slightly more than the minimum (of $60,471), and therefore again *not* a ‘training camp contract’ reported HerHoopStats.
  • Sources told Just Women’s Sports that WNBA champion and Finals MVP Kahleah Copper will re-sign a multi-year deal to return to the Sky. Kahleah Copper re-signed with the Chicago Sky for two years, $200,000/$205,000, fully protected. So just over standard max, but well below supermax money, reported HerHoopStats.

Connecticut Sun free agency rumors

  • WNBA All-Star Courtney Williams is expected to finalize a deal to return to the Connecticut Sun sources told GrlsTlkSportsTV.
  • The Connecticut Sun are finalizing a multi-year deal with Jonquel Jones to bring back the reigning MVP, sources told Just Women’s Sports.
  • A source confirmed to TheNextHoops that the Connecticut Sun have come to agreements with both Courtney Williams and Jonquel Jones.
  • Jonquel Jones signed a 2-year deal for $205,000 in 2022 and $211,150 in 2023 to return to the Connecticut Sun, multiple sources have informed HerHoopStats.
  • The Seattle Storm and Briann January are expected to reach an agreement reported GrlsTlkSportsTV and confirmed by TheNextHoops. Briann January’s deal with Seattle is one year, protected, for $140,000 reported HerHoopStats.
  • Sources told GrlsTlkSportsTV that free agent Joyner Holmes is reaching a deal to sign with the Connecticut Sun.

Dallas Wings free agency rumors

  • Per sources: Arike Ogunbowale, who is in the last year of her rookie contract, is signing a multi-year extension with the Dallas Wings which will keep her with the team through the 2025 season reported Dorothy J. Gentry.
  • League sources confirmed to Richard Cohen and HerHoopStats that Arike Ogunbowale’s extension with Dallas is three years, fully protected, for $234,936/$241,984/$249,032. That’s the absolute full boat, super max with max extensions. Covers 2023/4/5.

Indiana Fever free agency rumors

  • The Indiana Fever are placing Florencia Chagas’ contract on the suspended list for the 2022 season reported Tony East. Florencia, a guard from Argentina, was the 31st pick in the 2021 WNBA draft.
  • In potential 3-way deal with the Sky and the Mercury, the Indiana Fever receive Bria Hartley, the 2022 No 20 pick & 2023 2nd round pick from Phoenix, and the 2022 No. 7 pick and the rights to swap Chicago/Phoenix 2023 1st round pick, reported Winsidr.
  • League sources confirm to HerHoopStats that Emma Cannon’s deal is 2 years, unprotected, for $80,000/$82,400 – a tick up from the vet minimum of $72,141.
  • Micaela Kelly has signed a training camp contract with the Indiana Fever.

Las Vegas Aces free agency rumors

  • Riquna Williams might be on the move. The Chicago Sun-Times‘ Annie Costabile spoke to Orlando Castaño, Riquna Williams’ agent, and he said the situation right now is fluid. An official offer on paper has not been extended to his client by the Chicago Sky but numbers were discussed. The Sky, Vegas and Connecticut have all shown interest Orlando said. Meanwhile the Chicago Sky informed Winsidr they have not offered Riquna Williams a contract. To which her agent commented “Wrong.” Most recently, sources told GrlsTlkSportsTV that Riquna Williams is expected to return to the Aces for the 2022 season.
  • Could Liz Cambage be on the move? She’s been in New York recently. And before that, she was in LA.
  • Former WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces are close to finalizing a deal for her to return to the franchise reports GrlsTlkSportsTV. Restricted free agent A’ja Wilson signed with the Las Vegas Aces for the max two-year, fully protected contract of $196,267 and $202,155 Winsidr was informed.
  • Angel McCoughtry and the Minnesota Lynx are expected to reach an agreement reports GrlsTlkSportsTV. League sources confirmed to HerHoopStats that Angel McCoughtry signed with the Lynx for one-year, protected, for $130,000.
  • There were previous reports of Kiah Stokes going to Atlanta from Winsidr. But Khristina Williams has been told Kiah Stokes will return to the Aces next season.

Los Angeles Sparks free agency rumors

  • The Los Angeles Sparks are expected to acquire Katie Lou Samuelson and the No. 9 pick in the 2022 draft from the Seattle Storm in exchange for Gabby Williams sources told Winsidr.
  • The Los Angeles Sparks are working on finalizing a deal to sign Jordin Canada to a one-year deal, bringing the LA native home reported Rachel Galligan.
  • Liz Cambage verbally committed to play for Los Angeles, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. She took ($170k) well below the max to help LA’s cap, a source told ESPN.
  • Jordin Canada signed with the Los Angeles Sparks for a one-year, protected contract of $98,000 reported Rachel Galligan

Minnesota Lynx free agency rumors

  • Sylvia Fowles will return this season, as first reported by B. Terrell, also reported by Kent Youngblood for the Star Tribune and her own Instagram post. But it’s unknown how long her contract is for.
  • The Lynx will re-sign point guard Layshia Clarendon, who sparked the team to a playoff berth last season reported Star Tribune Sports.
  • League sources confirmed to HerHoopStats that Layshia Clarendon’s deal to re-sign with Minnesota is one year, $90,000, unprotected. Lynx only had around 102k left in cap space so this uses up most of it.
  • League sources confirmed to HerHoopStats that Rachel Banham’s deal with the Lynx is one year, unprotected, at veteran minimum of $72,141. Therefore officially a ‘training camp contract’ that doesn’t hit the cap unless (and until) she makes the opening day roster.

New York Liberty free agency rumors

  • The New York Liberty’s Betnijah Laney hinted at the team’s big WNBA free agency moves, discussed recruiting players to NY and weighed in on new coach in the latest from Mike Vorkunov for The Athletic.
  • New York native Stef Dolson has agreed to terms to a multi-year deal with the New York Liberty, per sources reported Chantel Jennings. Her deal is two years, fully protected, for $160,000/$160,000. So the exact same per-year cost as Mercedes Russell in Seattle, but a year shorter, reported Richard Cohen.

Phoenix Mercury free agency rumors

  • Now that Vanessa Nygaard is the Mercury Head Coach, could Jordin Canada, who played for Vanessa at Windward School be headed to Phoenix?
  • Sources told Winsidr that unrestricted free agent Sophie Cunningham has garnered high interest from the Los Angeles Sparks, Indiana Fever, and Phoenix Mercury. Now, Sophie Cunningham is expected to re-sign with the Phoenix Mercury her agent informed Just Women’s Sports.
  • League sources confirmed to HerHoopStats that Kia Nurse’s deal in Phoenix is one year, $73,542, unprotected. She appears to have signed her qualifying offer. It’s not a ‘training camp contract’, because that QO is slightly above her minimum.
  • Khristina Williams heard the Phoenix Mercury have expressed interest in Tina Charles. They’ve now signed her.
  • Neah Odom is expected to sign with the Phoenix Mercury reported GrlsTlkSportsTV.
  • Brittney Griner at the end of the 2021 season said she expects to see Diana Taurasi back on the court for Phoenix with her next season.

Seattle Storm free agency rumors 2022

  • “Seattle has always been my [WNBA] home,” said Breanna Stewart reported ESPN at the end of last season. “It’s where I’ve grown up, it’s where my career has continued to blossom. So I plan on being back unless something crazy happens. We have more things to do here.”
  • But as it turns out, Breanna might be on the move this year. Recently she met with the New York Liberty staff in LA. And Breanna also spent the holiday season in New York City with her wife Marta Xargay Casademont, and their baby, Ruby. 
  • Breanna Stewart has reached an agreement on a one-year supermax deal to return to the Seattle Storm, league sources told YahooSports.
  • Jewell Loyd said she and Breanna have talked about wanting to continue to play together, but she plans to take some time making a decision. “Seattle has been home for me for the last seven years,” said Jewell reported ESPN at the end of the 2021 season. “When you understand free agency, you understand you have the choice to stay or go. I’m going to take this time to have a break, talk with my family, talk with Stewie and everyone else. Reevaluate where I’m at in my life and my career and go forward from there.”
  • A source confirmed to Andraya Carter that Jewell Loyd met with the New York Liberty in New York last week. Jewell is officially Cored by Seattle, but has yet to agree to contract terms.
  • Jewell Loyd has reached an agreement to return to Seattle reported Khristina Williams.
  • League sources confirmed to Richard Cohen and HerHoopStats that Jewell Loyd’s deal with Seattle is two-years, fully protected, for the full supermax of $228,094/$234,936. Counts as Seattle’s cored player for both years unless traded away.
  • Sue Bird announced on Instagram on January 7th she’s coming back. It’s likely she’ll come back to the Storm, as the team recently got fined for tampering after posting images on their social media about her return for one more season. Sue Bird re-signed with the Seattle Storm for a one-year, protected contract at the vet minimum of $72,141.
  • The Seattle Storm are finalizing a multi-year deal to bring back restricted free agent Mercedes Russell reported Winsidr. And she’s back!
  • Stephanie Talbot signed a training camp contract, which in her case means one year, unprotected, at her applicable minimum of $72,141 reported HerHoopStats.

Washington Mystics free agency rumors

  • Sources confirm that Restricted Free Agent Myisha Hines-Allen has garnered interest from Seattle, Indiana, Minnesota and NY, reported WomensBasketball247.
  • Myisha Hines-Allen is now finalizing a multi-year deal to return to the Washington Mystics reported Winsidr.
  • Sources told TheNextHoops that the Mystics and Elizabeth Williams have agreed to a one-year deal. League sources confirmed to Richard Cohen and HerHoopStats that Elizabeth Williams’s deal with the Mystics is one year, protected, at $90,000.
  • Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is close to a deal with the Mystics reported Kareem Copeland.
  • A source with knowledge of the situation says Tina Charles will not be returning to the Mystics reported Kareem Copeland. Tina Charles has officially signed with the Phoenix Mercury reported Rachel Galligan. She signed with the Phoenix Mercury for one-year, fully protected contract of $108,000.
  • Washington Mystics have signed Korean sharp shooter Kang Lee Sul, one of the best 3pt shooters in the WKBL reported Women’sBasketball247.
  • The Washington Mystics have signed Tianna Hawkins reported Khristina Williams.

By the way, Founder of Power Plays, Lindsay Gibbs wrote a fascinating piece about how Rachel Galligan, Howard Megdal, and Khristina Williams got their starts breaking WNBA news, and the stories they’re most proud of breaking.

2022 Free Agency Tracker: News, Transactions & Rosters

Get the team play-by-play. Learn about each team’s opportunities, as well as their transactions, and current roster situation.

Atlanta Dream free agency 2022 transactions

The Dream’s free agency will likely be one of the most exciting as there could be a lot of movement. Due to an off-court altercation, the Atlanta Dream will not be bringing back leading scorer Courtney Williams or 2021 standout forward Crystal Bradford. Meanwhile point guard phenom Chennedy Carter spent much of the past year suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, and the situation still isn’t resolved. The other pieces of their core squad – Tiffany Hayes, Odyssey Sims, Candice Dupree, and Elizabeth Williams – will be unrestricted free agents.

Her Hoop Stats reports that the advantage of so many people being out of contract is that the Dream have the opportunity to re-shape the roster almost from the ground up, especially if they can work things out with Chennedy.

The first step the Dream should take in the offseason is re-signing Tiffany Hayes reports Sports Illustrated, and we agree. Before her Grade 2 MCL tear, the veteran shooting guard was averaging 17.6 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals as the team was 5–7 at the time and competing for a playoff spot. Regardless, the task of building a winning culture in Atlanta will be quite an undertaking. So the Dream should look to bring in another veteran presence.

Atlanta Dream Transactions:

  • 1/5/22: The Atlanta Dream extended qualifying offers to Jaylyn Agnew and Monique Billings.
  • 1/6/22: Jaylyn Agnew has accepted the Dream’s qualifying offer and signed a training camp contract.
  • 1/13/22: The Atlanta Dream have waived forward Tianna Hawkins.
  • 1/15/22: Qualifying offers were not extended to Blake Dietrick and Crystal Bradford.
  • 1/16/22: Guard Maite Cazorla will forego the 2022 WNBA Season.
  • 1/18/22: The Atlanta Dream were awarded Megan Walker on waivers.
  • 1/31/22: Atlanta acquired Kia Vaughn in a trade with Phoenix in exchange for a 2023 third round draft pick.
  • 2/1/22: Tiffany Hayes signed a regular contract
  • 2/1/22: Nia Coffey signed a regular contract with the Dream.
  • 2/3/22: Monique Billings signed a regular contract with the Dream.
  • 2/4/22: The Atlanta Dream traded Chennedy Carter and Li Yueru to get Erica Wheeler and the 2022 No. 15 pick and 2023 first round pick from LA.
  • 2/15/22: Khaalia Hillsman signed a training camp contract with the Dream.
  • 2/15/22: N’dea Jones signed a training camp contract with the Dream.
  • 2/21/22: Kristy Wallace signed a rookie scale contract with the Atlanta Dream.
  • 2/23/22: Maya Caldwell signed a training camp contract with the Dream.

Atlanta Dream Current Roster:

  • Aari McDonald
  • Cheyenne Parker
  • Erica Wheeler
  • Jaylyn Agnew
  • Khaalia Hillsman
  • Kia Vaughn
  • Kristy Wallace
  • Maya Caldwell 
  • Megan Walker
  • Monique Billings
  • N’dea Jones
  • Nia Coffey
  • Tiffany Hayes

Chicago Sky free agency 2022 transactions

The Sky squad risks losing many of their champions from this year. Only Candace Parker, Azurá Stevens, Ruthy Hebard, and Dana Evans are under contract. If the team tries to keep at least the core of Courtney Vandersloot, Kahleah Copper and a post, there won’t be a huge amount left to spend.

Finals MVP Kahleah Copper has indicated she wants to return to Chicago, while Courtney Vandersloot has stated she’s leaving herself open to the free agency process. She did say that head coach James Wade will get the first call, reported The Chicago Sun Times.

Allie Quigley is an unrestricted free agent and said she needed to take some time before deciding what her future looks like in the WNBA. Diamond Deshields has also indicated she wants to play for the Sky next season and is focused on working herself back to being a more consistent offensive threat while she’s playing overseas. Diamond DeShields is a restricted free agent, so James Wade will have the right of first refusal.

Her Hoop Stats reports they may well try to bring back as many pieces as they can afford, and go again with their veteran core. One big question is whether they’ll be able to retain Stefanie Dolson who had an excellent year in 3 X 3 USA Basketball, and came up big in the playoffs on the defensive end, as well as on pick and rolls.

Chicago Sky Transactions:

  • 1/2/22: Qualifying offers have been extended to Diamond DeShields and Lexie Brown.
  • 1/12/22: The Sky have offered Kahleah Copper the core qualifying offer of a 1-year super max of $228,094.
  • 2/3/22: Acquired Julie Allemand from the Indiana Fever.
  • 2/5/22: The Chicago sky signed Crystal Bradford to a regular contract.
  • 2/9/22: Kysre Gondrezick signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky.
  • 2/9/22: Kamiah Smalls signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky.
  • 2/10/22: Rebekah Gardner signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky.
  • 2/17/22: Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot have signed with the Chicago Sky.
  • 2/18/22: Kahleah Copper signed a core contract with the Chicago Sky.
  • 2/18/22: Emma Meesseman signed a contract with the Chicago Sky.
  • 2/25/22: Tina Krajisnik signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/25/22: Kathleen Doyle signed a training camp contract.
  • 3/9/22: Crystal Bradford waived by the Chicago Sky.
  • 3/11/22: Anneli Maley signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky.
  • 3/15/22: Imani McGee-Stafford signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky.
  • 3/15/22: Kaela Davis signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky.
  • 3/30/22: Chicago signed and traded the contract of Lexie Brown to Los Angeles in exchange for the draft rights to Li Yueru.
  • 4/6/22: Li Yueru signed a rookie scale contract.

Chicago Sky Current Roster:

  • Anneli Maley
  • Allie Quigley
  • Azurá Stevens
  • Candace Parker
  • Courtney Vandersloot
  • Dana Evans
  • Emma Meesseman
  • Imani McGee-Stafford
  • Julie Allemand
  • Kaela Davis
  • Kahleah Copper
  • Kamiah Smalls
  • Kathleen Doyle
  • Kysre Gondrezick
  • Li Yueru
  • Rebekah Gardner
  • Ruthy Hebard
  • Tina Krajisnik

Connecticut Sun free agency 2022 transactions

Most of the Sun’s key players remain under contract for next year. Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner are secured for the next two and three seasons each at $200,000 plus per year contracts.

However league MVP Jonquel Jones is an unrestricted free agent. It’s likely the Sun will core her, preventing her from signing with anyone else. If they do that, presumably they’ll look to sign Jonquel for as many years as possible.

It’s probable they’ll look to bring back Briann January as well. Briann is also one of the leaders of the team, a defensive bulldog reports The Lead SM. She was named to the All-Defensive First Team this season, the fifth selection in her career, and was one of the driving forces behind their 14 game winning streak to end the season.

Natisha Hiedeman was a spark off the bench and appears to be growing and thriving. That makes Most Improved Player Brionna Jones a question mark, as well as Beatrice Mompremier who saw limited playing time.

Connecticut Sun Transactions:

  • 1/1/22: Qualifying offers have been extended to Natisha Hiedeman, Stephanie Jones and Beatrice Mompremier.
  • 1/3/22: Natisha Hiedeman signed her qualifying offer to return to the Connecticut Sun. Her contract is for one year at the veteran minimum for 3-plus years of service.
  • 1/4/22: Beatrice Mompremier has signed her qualifying offer to return to the Connecticut Sun. Beatrice’s contract is for one year at the veteran minimum $60,471 for 0-2 years of service.
  • 1/10/22: The Sun have offered Jonquel Jones the core qualifying offer of a 1-year super max of $228,094. Jonquel could accept the offer or begin negotiations after the 14th.
  • 1/28/22: Stephanie Jones signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/1/22: Jonquel Jones signed a core contract.
  • 2/2/22: Taja Cole signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/2/22: Joyner Holmes signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/2/22: Courtney Williams signed a regular contract.
  • 2/22/22: Yvonne Anderson signed a training camp contract with the Connecticut Sun.

Connecticut Sun Current Roster:

  • Alyssa Thomas
  • Beatrice Mompremier
  • Brionna Jones
  • Courtney Williams
  • DeWanna Bonner
  • DiJonai Carrington
  • Jasmine Thomas
  • Jonquel Jones
  • Joyner Holmes
  • Kaila Charles
  • Natisha Hiedeman
  • Stephanie Jones
  • Taja Cole
  • Yvonne Anderson

Dallas Wings free agency 2022 transactions

Dallas is in a unique situation: there’s no one they need to worry about losing, as they have no free agents. However they have to make some choices about who to bet on to become regular Championship contenders. They have two first-round draft picks, and they’ll need to trade or cut players this year.

The Wings have two current All-Stars on rookie contracts in Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally. Kayla Thornton, Allisha Gray, and Isabelle Harrison are three protected veterans on the team, and each played a pivotal role this season. Meanwhile, shooting guard Marina Mabrey had a bit of a break out season early in the year, was versatile for the team -sometimes even running the point – and plays well with college teammate Arike. But she may not fit into head coach Vickie Johnson’s system reports The Lead SM.

Meanwhile, Moriah Jefferson‘s 3-year deal has a year remaining, and the team still owes (now Chicago’s ) Astou Ndour-Fall over $100,000 next year, so there’s not a ton of budget left. But they could make something happen. Charli Collier, Awak Kuier, and Chelsea Dungee didn’t see the floor a ton, so they could be on the move.

Dallas Wings Transactions:

  • 12/2/22: Team option exercised for Satou Sabally, Tyasha Harris, and Bella Alarie
  • 1/7/22: The Dallas Wings have waived Luisa Geiselsoder.
  • 2/4/22: Arike Ogunbowale signed a contract extension with Dallas.
  • 3/2/22: Waived rights to Imani McGee-Stafford.
  • 3/3/22: Destinee Walker signed a training camp contract.
  • 3/7/22: Morgan Bertsch signed a training camp contract with the Dallas Wings.
  • 3/7/22: Unique Thompson signed a training camp contract with the Dallas Wings.
  • 3/8/22: Dallas signed Teaira McCowan, by giving Indiana Chicago’s 2022 1st round draft pick (#7), and Chicago’s 2023 1st round draft pick to Dallas in exchange for Los Angeles’ 2022 1st round draft pick (#4), Dallas’ 2022 1st round draft pick (#6), and Dallas’ 2023 1st round draft pick.
  • 4/7/22: Belle Alarie has informed the team she will not play this upcoming WNBA season for personal reasons.

Dallas Wings Current Roster:

  • Allisha Gray
  • Arike Ogunbowale
  • Awak Kuier
  • Charli Collier
  • Chelsea Dungee
  • Destinee Walker
  • Isabelle Harrison
  • Kayla Thornton
  • Marina Mabrey
  • Moriah Jefferson
  • Morgan Bertsch
  • Satou Sabally
  • Teaira McCowan
  • Tyasha Harris
  • Unique Thompson

Indiana Fever 2022 free agency transactions

Indiana Fever has some work to do during this free agency to reshape the team. Indiana Fever general manager Tamika Catchings plainly stated her objective for the next iteration of Fever basketball in her end-of-season press conference. “We need to put together a team that will be in the playoffs,” she said, reports The Next Hoops.

“I think for us, the biggest need that we have right now [is] the position at the three and the four,” Tamika said. She added that the team is targeting a few stylistic changes for next season — playing a faster, more up-tempo game (the Fever have been bottom five in pace each of the last two seasons) and establishing a defensive identity. “We’ve got to get back to playing defense the way that we know how to play,” the GM noted.

The Fever will look to build around Kelsey Mitchell, and have a handful of free agents to address including Victoria Vivians, Lindsay Allen, and Jessica Breland according to Spotrac. They also have the benefit of having the cap space to try to chase a high-end free agent or two. The trouble will be whether they can get anyone interested for a reasonable price after a less than stellar couple of seasons.

Indiana Fever Transactions:

  • 1/1/22: Qualifying offers have been extended to Victoria Vivians, Temi Fagbenle, Emma Cannon, Chelsey Perry and Bernadette Hatar.
  • 1/3/22: The Indiana Fever have extended a qualifying offer to Lindsay Allen.
  • 1/6/22: The Indiana Fever have signed forward Chelsea Perry.
  • 1/18/22: The Indiana Fever have waived Kysre Gondrezick.
  • 2/3/22: Bria Hartley and the Mercury’s second-round picks in 2022 and 2023.
  • 2/4/22: Lindsay Allen signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/4/22: Emma Cannon signed a regular contract.
  • 2/7/22: Alaina Coates signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/7/22: Victoria Vivians signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/9/22: Jazmine Jones awarded to the Indiana Fever on waivers.
  • 2/19/22: Micaela Kelly signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/21/22: Alanna Smith signed a training camp contract with the Fever.
  • 2/26/22: Haley Gorecki signed a training camp contract.
  • 3/2/22: Aaliyah Wilson was waived.
  • 3/19/22: Bernadett Hatar signed a training camp contract.
  • 3/15/22: Jaime Nared signed a training camp contract.
  • 3/8/22: Indiana traded Teaira McCowan, Chicago’s 2022 1st round draft pick (#7), and Chicago’s 2023 1st round draft pick to Dallas in exchange for Los Angeles’s 2022 1st round draft pick (#4), Dallas’s 2022 1st round draft pick (#6), and Dallas’s 2023 1st round draft pick.

Indiana Fever Current Roster:

  • Alaina Coates
  • Alanna Smith
  • Bria Hartley
  • Chelsey Perry
  • Danielle Robinson
  • Emma Cannon
  • Haley Gorecki
  • Jaime Nared 
  • Jazmine Jones
  • Kelsey Mitchell
  • Lindsay Allen
  • Micaela Kelly
  • Tiffany Mitchell
  • Victoria Vivians

Las Vegas Aces free agency transactions

The Aces only have five players under contract including Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, Dearica Hamby, Jackie Young, and Destiny Slocum. They’ll hope to sign A’ja Wilson, who’s no longer on her rookie contract, for as many years as possible. Although she may want a one-year deal, as she’d then be eligible for the supermax next year reports Her Hoop Stats.

All-Star center Liz Cambage is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in her career. They might have some room to make moves if they don’t core Liz Cambage, and could bring back star Angel McCoughtry. The Aces could use Angel’s size, scoring and defense on the wing, though she probably will have other suitors given how she played in 2020 reports the Las Vegas Review Journal.

“What happens moving forward is unclear,” said former head coach Bill Laimbeer reflecting on the 2021 season. “We’re still a young team that’s growing up. This was our third year in the conference finals. We’re learning. We’re just not there yet.”

Las Vegas Aces Transactions:

  • 1/7/22: The Las Vegas Aces have extended qualifying offers to A’ja Wilson and JiSu Park.
  • 1/15/22: The Las Vegas Aces have renounced the rights of Clarissa Dos Santos.
  • 2/2/22: A’ja Wilson signed a regular contract.
  • 2/4/22: Kiah Stokes signed a regular contract.
  • 2/4/22: Riquna Williams signed a regular contract.
  • 2/15/22: Kalani Brown signed a training camp contract with the Aces.
  • 3/2/22: Sydney Colson signed a training camp contract with the Las Vegas Aces.
  • 3/3/22: Theresa Plaisance signed a training camp contract with the Las Vegas Aces.
  • 4/8/22: The Las Vegas Aces waived second-year guard Destiny Slocum.

Las Vegas Aces Current Roster:

  • A’ja Wilson
  • Chelsea Gray
  • Dearica Hamby
  • Jackie Young
  • Kalani Brown
  • Kelsey Plum
  • Kiah Stokes
  • Riquna Williams
  • Sydney Colson
  • Theresa Plaisance

Los Angeles Sparks free agency transactions

Unless there is a retirement, we’ll probably see a similar Sparks team as last year as they look to continue their rebuild, in the post Candace Parker era. Last year the Sparks’ young squad showed nice improvement and several players had career-years statistically, including Te’a Cooper who had three 20+ point games and defended at a high level and guard Brittney Sykes who was named to the 2021 WNBA All-Defensive First Team, finishing the season No. 2 in the WNBA in estimated contribution (Positive Residual) and No. 1 in defensive win shares among guards.

This year the Sparks will look to keep some of that core, plus have the Ogwumike sisters returning as a formidable duo to build around. But they have six players signed to guaranteed contracts including Erica Wheeler, Kristi Toliver, Gabby Williams, and Amanda Zahui B., leaving them with very little wiggle room. 

Los Angeles Sparks Transactions:

  • 1/1/22: Qualifying offers have been extended to Te’a Cooper and Lauren Cox.
  • 1/4/22: The Los Angeles Sparks announced today the re-signing of 6-foot-4 center Lauren Cox after she accepted a qualifying offer. 
  • 1/20/22: The Los Angeles Sparks announced today the re-signing of guard Te’a Cooper after she accepted a qualifying offer, per Sparks PR.
  • 2/3/22: The Sparks acquired Katie Lou Samuelson and the No. 9 pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft in exchange for Gabby Williams.
  • 2/4/22: The LA Sparks traded Erica Wheeler, the 2022 No.15 pick, and the 2023 first round pick, to get Chennedy Carter and Li Yueru.
  • 2/8/22: Jordin Canada signed a regular contract.
  • 2/18/22: Liz Cambage signed a regular contract.
  • 3/30/22: Chicago signed and traded the contract of Lexie Brown to Los Angeles in exchange for the draft rights to Li Yueru.

Los Angeles Sparks Current Roster:

  • Amanda Zahui B.
  • Arella Guirantes
  • Brittney Sykes
  • Chennedy Carter
  • Chiney Ogwumike
  • Jasmine Walker
  • Jordin Canada
  • Katie Lou Samuelson
  • Kristi Toliver
  • Lauren Cox
  • Lexie Brown
  • Liz Cambage
  • Nneka Ogwumike
  • Te’a Cooper

Minnesota Lynx free agency transactions 2022

This one’s a bit of a pickle. Star forward  and 2021 Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles might seek a supermax deal, and as a result, things could get pretty tight for Minnesota. Sylvia said the biggest things for her to consider this offseason is parenthood — does she want to have kids now or wait a few more years? “A lot for me is just parenthood at this point. That’s basically the main thing for me right now.” reported Chantel Jennings.

If the Lynx keep their eight players currently under contract for 2022, including key parts of the core Kayla McBride and Aerial Powers, it may be tricky to retain point guard Layshia Clarendon who brought new positive energy to the team last year. Layshia expressed a desire to return to the Lynx next season during media availability, and Cheryl Reeve is likely to be equally interested. However, it seems logical to believe that Layshia would seek a fully guaranteed deal, while it is unclear if the Lynx are of the same mindset reports Cannis Hoopus.

“Any time you don’t win a championship, you have room for improvement … We do need some help. In the areas that we think we need help, we’ll be aggressive, but it’s a different tone. We’ve got four picks, we’ve got decent draft capital. We’ve got some trade assets. We’ll see what’s available and we’ll take a look at the free agency class and see what we can find what we’re looking for. We don’t feel the need to jump. Last year I felt the need to jump.” said head coach Cheryl Reeve.

Minnesota Lynx Transactions:

  • 1/3/22: The Minnesota Lynx extended qualifying offers to Anna Cruz and Bridget Carleton, and Bridget accepted a day later.
  • 2/1/22: Sylvia Fowles signed a regular contract with the Lynx.
  • 2/2/22: Angel McCoughtry signed regular contract.
  • 2/8/22: Layshia Clarendon signed a regular contract.
  • 2/8/22: Rachel Banham signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/18/22: The Minnesota Lynx have signed free agents Yvonne Turner and Natasha Mack to training camp contracts.

Minnesota Lynx Current Roster:

  • Aerial Powers
  • Angel McCoughtry
  • Bridget Carleton
  • Crystal Dangerfield
  • Damiris Dantas
  • Jessica Shepard
  • Kayla McBride
  • Layshia Clarendon
  • Napheesa Collier
  • Natalie Achonwa
  • Natasha Mack
  • Rachel Banham
  • Rennia Davis
  • Sylvia Fowles
  • Yvonne Turner

New York Liberty free agency 2022 transactions

The New York Liberty initiated a search for a new head coach in December, following a decision by Walt Hopkins and management to part ways. As New York continues its rebuild with a new coach at the helm, they’ve got Sami Whitcomb, Natasha Howard, and Betnijah Laney on large contracts, and will likely look to bring on one big free agent – potentially the Sky’s Stef Dolson?

The rest of the roster, including Sabrina Ionescu, Asia Durr, and Jocelyn Willoughby, will be seeking rookie-scale deals. Sabrina has yet to show consistent offensive aggressiveness, and the team suffered on turnovers last year. Sabrina, Natasha and Betnijah will need to develop a sense of chemistry if the team continues to invest in the young point guard.

Rebecca Allen’s free agency will probably be the most interesting factor. She helped the team greatly this season and fits well in their system as a stretch four. But the grass is always greener and, based on what this front office did last offseason, it’s a safe bet that New York will swing for the fences in free agency reports Gabe Ibrahim for Her Hoop Stats.

New York Liberty Transactions:

  • 1/11/22: The New York Liberty have extended qualifying offers to Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Paris Kea.
  • 1/14/22: Paris Kea has signed a training camp contract with the New York Liberty.
  • 2/4/22: Stefanie Dolson signed a regular contract with the Liberty.
  • 2/4/22: Leaonna Odom was waived.
  • 2/4/22: Jazmine Jones was waived.
  • 2/4/22: Rebecca Allen signed a regular contract with the Liberty.
  • 2/9/22: Leaonna Odom’s waivers cleared.

New York Liberty Current Roster:

  • Asia Durr
  • Betnijah Laney
  • DiDi Richards
  • Han Xu
  • Jocelyn Willoughby
  • Kylee Shook
  • Michael Onyenwere
  • Natasha Howard
  • Paris Kea
  • Rebecca Allen
  • Sabrina Ionescu
  • Sami Whitcomb
  • Stefanie Dolson

Phoenix Mercury free agency transactions 2022

The Mercury might have very little room to work with this offseason if Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins-Smith, and Bria Hartley return. However with head coach Sandy Brondello and the Mercury parting ways, there has been more discussion of a potential Diana Taurasi retirement which could open up her supermax salary.

Diana said she’ll talk with her family in the offseason and “do a little soul-searching” to see if she wants to come back. “So it’s, ‘Am I willing to put in the six months of work to be able to play?’ You know at this age, you can’t just take four months off and think you’re going to come and run around with these kids and be OK.” she said.

Brianna Turner, Shey Peddy, and Sophie Cunningham all delivered big-time in the Finals last year, so are likely to earn some space after re-signing for the minimum. Of course, that means they’d then be beating out Megan Walker or Kia Vaughn.

Phoenix Mercury Transactions:

  • 1/11/22: The Phoenix Mercury have extended a qualifying offer to Shey Peddy.
  • 1/13/22: The Phoenix Mercury have extended a qualifying offer to Kia Nurse.
  • 1/13/22: Shey Peddy has signed a training camp contract to return to the Phoenix Mercury.
  • 1/13/22: The Phoenix Mercury have waived Megan Walker.
  • 1/15/22: Qualifying offers were not extended to Angel Robinson and Sonja Petrovic.
  • 2/2/22: Sophie Cunningham signed regular contract.
  • 2/3/22: Diamond DeShields sign-and-trade.
  • 2/3/22: The Phoenix Mercury signed Jennie Simms to a training camp contract.
  • 2/4/22: Tina Charles signed a regular contract with the Mercury.
  • 2/5/22: Kia Nurse signed a regular contract with the Mercury.
  • 2/13/22: Leaonna Odom signed a training camp contract with the Mercury.
  • 3/1/22: Kiana Williams signed a training camp contract.
  • 3/10/22: Kristine Anigwe signed a training camp contract with the Phoenix Mercury.

Phoenix Mercury Current Roster:

  • Brianna Turner
  • Brittney Griner
  • Diana Taurasi
  • Diamond DeShields
  • Jennie Simms
  • Kia Nurse
  • Kiana Williams
  • Kristine Anigwe 
  • Leaonna Odom
  • Shey Peddy
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith
  • Sophie Cunningham
  • Tina Charles

Seattle Storm free agency transactions 2022

This could be the most interesting free agency year in Seattle’s recent history. Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, and Jewell Loyd are all unrestricted free agents. One question is whether Sue Bird will retire, which would free up a supermax salary. “I don’t know, I don’t know. Luckily our free agency doesn’t start for a while so I get some time to think. I don’t know. I feel like, we just opened a new arena here in Seattle and I happened to be in there the other day for the opening [Seattle] Kraken game. And it was tempting… the thoughts of playing there were very tempting. I leave you with that.” said Sue.

Meanwhile, Seattle will likely try to keep both Breanna and Jewell by coring them. If they succeed, they could see interest in joining the team from other strong free agents – as they’ll need another strong post to support Breanna on the defensive end. If Sue decide to leave, we think it’s likely Jewell will end up in a new city this year. “I’m going to take this time to have a break,” Jewell said. “Talk with my family. Talk with Stewie and everyone else and figure out game plans and stuff like that. I’d like to take this time to take a break and re-evaluate where I’m at in my life and my career and go forward from there.”

Seattle Storm Transactions:

  • 1/4/22: The Seattle Storm have extended qualifying offers to Stephanie Talbot, Mercedes Russell, and Jordin Canada.
  • 1/14/22: The Seattle Storm have put the core designation on Jewell Loyd.
  • 1/15/22: A qualifying offer was not extended to Karlie Samuelson.
  • 2/1/22: Mercedes Russell signed regular contract.
  • 2/1/22: Jewell Loyd signed core contract.
  • 2/2/22: Breanna Stewart signed regular contract.
  • 2/2/22: Briann January signed regular contract.
  • 2/3/22: The Storm added Gabby Williams in exchange for Katie Lou Samuelson and the No. 9 overall pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft.
  • 2/4/22: Stephanie Talbot signed a training camp contract with Seattle.
  • 2/4/22: The Seattle Storm has withdrawn its qualifying offer to Jordin Canada, making her an Unrestricted Free Agent.
  • 2/18/22: Sue Bird signed a vet minimum contract with Seattle.
  • 2/24/22: Lauren Manis signed a training camp contract with the Seattle Storm.
  • 3/21/11: Jantel Lavender signed a training camp contract with Seattle.

Seattle Storm Current Roster:

  • Breanna Stewart
  • Briann January
  • Epiphanny Prince
  • Ezi Magbegor
  • Gabby Williams
  • Jewell Loyd
  • Kennedy Burke
  • Lauren Manis
  • Mikiah Herbert Harrigan
  • Mercedes Russell
  • Stephanie Talbot
  • Sue Bird

Washington Mystics free agency transactions 2022

In interviews at the end of the season last year, key Mystic’s forward and leading scorer Tina Charles seemed unsure about whether she’ll return to the team. “I just know I need to win a championship before I retire. Obviously, some decisions are going to have to be made and I have to look into everything,” Tina told the Washington Post. The Mystics can’t core her because she’s reached the allowed limit, so she’s free to leave if she wants. 

The other big question is whether Elena Delle Donne will return or not, taking her supermax salary. At the end of the 2021 season, Mike Thibault said, “We think, based on all the discussion we have, that it’s solvable. She is optimistic about it. Doctors are optimistic about it. But we were in a position the last couple of weeks that, just didn’t feel comfortable putting her back in that position and having a setback that was needless.”

Meanwhile Mike Thibualt has said the team is targeting “win now” mode. A rebuild around Natasha Cloud, Ariel Atkins, and a healthy Alysha Clark seems promising. But keeping restricted free agent Myisha Hines-Allen could prove to be a challenge. In addition, with Leilani Mitchell out for the season expecting her second child, they might need some backup point guard support.

Washington Mystics Transactions:

  • 1/5/22: The Washington Mystics have extended qualifying offers to Myisha Hines-Allen and Megan Gustafson.
  • 1/6/22: Megan Gustafson has been signed to a training camp contract.
  • 2/1/22: Mystics officially announce the signing of Megan Gustafson.
  • 2/1/22: Tianna Hawkins signed a training camp contract with the Mystics.
  • 2/1/22: Elizabeth Williams signed a regular contract with the Mystics.
  • 2/1/22: Myisha-Hines Allen signed a regular contract with the Mystics.
  • 2/1/22: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough signed a training camp contract with the Mystics.
  • 2/1/22: Klara Lundquist signed training camp contract.
  • 2/1/22: Lee Seul Kang signed training camp contract.
  • 2/14/22: The Mystics signed Rui Machida of the Fujitsu RedWave to a training camp contract.
  • 2/17/22: The Mystics signed Jamasha “MeMe” Jackson to a training camp contract.
  • 2/22/22: Linnae Harper signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/24/22: Stephanie Mavunga signed a training camp contract.
  • 2/28/22: The Mystics waived Sydney Wiese.

Washington Mystics Current Roster:

  • Alysha Clark
  • Ariel Atkins
  • Elena Delle Donne
  • Elizabeth Williams
  • Erica McCall
  • Jamasha “MeMe” Jackson
  • Lee Seul Kang
  • Linnae Harper
  • Megan Gustafson
  • Myisha Hines-Allen
  • Natasha Cloud
  • Rui Machida
  • Tianna Hawkins
  • Shatori Walker-Kimbrough
  • Stephanie Mavunga

WNBA free agency 2021

Read about 2021 Free Agency here. And check out WNBA player movement central to see all the moves that were made. Then read Sports Illustrated‘s gradings of how effective each team’s trading was.

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