One cryptic tweet at a time, Breanna Stewart, the top free agent — and debatably the best player in the world — has the WNBA world on edge as her free agency decision looms. The two-time champion is at the peak of her powers at 28 years old, and whichever team lands her could be in title contention for the rest of the decade.
There are loads of factors at play, but the two most rumored options for the unrestricted free agent are her re-signing with the Seattle Storm, which drafted her No. 1 overall in 2016, or joining 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones and 2020 No. 1 pick Sabrina Ionescu with the New York Liberty.
The rumors of her interest in the Liberty stem back to a year ago when the then-free agent ultimately decided to stay with the Storm, but opted to take a well-documented meeting with the Liberty's brass in Los Angeles. New York is closer to home for Stewart, who is recently married with a newborn daughter, Ruby.
The Storm have been Stewart's home away from home for the last seven years, where she won Rookie of the Year, MVP and a pair of championships alongside Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird. Bird is now retired, while Loyd is under a franchise tag (called the core designation) and will remain in Seattle.
On Friday afternoon, Stewie also tweeted cryptically a list of four emojis which feels like a hint at the four teams she'll consider signing with:
The four emojis probably resemble the Seattle Storm, Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics and New York Liberty.
2015 WNBA All-Star Marissa Coleman and WNBA writer Matt Ellentuck break down more on the See You In The Lobby show: