Jonquel Jones, the 2021 WNBA MVP, is being traded from the Connecticut Sun to the New York Liberty in a three-team deal, sources advised ESPN on Sunday, confirming a number of studies.
Jones, a four-time All-Star, requested the trade particularly to New York; she had another 12 months on her contract with the Sun, who lately introduced in a new head coach in Stephanie White when former coach Curt Miller left for Los Angeles.
As a part of the trade, a supply confirmed, Rebecca Allen and Natasha Howard will likely be sent from New York to Connecticut and the Dallas Wings, respectively. The Wings can even obtain the rights to Crystal Dangerfield of the Liberty, and can ship Kayla Thornton to New York in addition to Ty Harris to Connecticut.
The Sun can even obtain New York’s No. 6 picks in the 2023 WNBA draft.
The Liberty — one of many league’s authentic franchises — are a burgeoning championship contender with 2020 No. 1 general decide Sabrina Ionescu main the way in which. They even have traditionally tried to courtroom two-time Finals MVP Breanna Stewart, who’s a free agent this 12 months.
New York has fallen in the primary spherical of the playoffs (each single-elimination video games) every of the previous two seasons. The Liberty introduced in WNBA champion coach Sandy Brondello forward of the 2022 marketing campaign.
Jones — a 6-foot-6 ahead/middle from the Bahamas — averaged 14.6 factors, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per sport this previous season, serving to lead Connecticut to a second WNBA Finals berth in 4 years. Prior to profitable MVP, Jones was the 2017 Most Improved Player and 2018 Sixth Woman of the Year.
A supply additionally advised ESPN that the Sun intends to signal Brionna Jones by Friday’s league deadline. Going into free company, Connecticut would not have had the cap house to pay Brionna Jones, an unrestricted free agent, on the common tremendous most; however with Jonquel Jones now on the way in which out, it will likely be ready to supply Brionna Jones the core designation, which might imply she can’t signal a contract immediately with one other group.
Brionna Jones, a 6-foot-3 ahead and two-time All-Star, adopted in Jonquel Jones’ footsteps by profitable Most Improved in 2021 and Sixth Woman of the Year in 2022.
The Sun — who with these strikes seem to be constructing round Brionna Jones and longtime franchise stalwart Alyssa Thomas — are nonetheless trying to find their first championship, having made the semifinals or higher every of the earlier 4 seasons.
Dallas, which additionally launched new coach Latricia Trammel this offseason, wasn’t anticipated to have a busy free company with solely three free brokers: Teaira McCowan, Marina Mabrey and Isabelle Harrison. The Wings determine to be constructed round Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally after profitable the franchise’s first playoff sport since 2009, when the group was positioned in Tulsa.