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Since Monday, complimentary representatives in the WNBA will be allowed to sign with teams.

Numerous gamers currently have indicated their intents for the upcoming season. Candace Parker, for example, is expected to sign with the Chicago Sky after 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Triggers. Sue Bird, meanwhile, expects to stay with the Seattle Storm.

The Connecticut Sun’s roster could be shaken up a bit thinking about 6 players (!) from the 2020 team are unrestricted complimentary agents. (Brionna Jones is the only restricted complimentary representative.) That’s more than half the team’s roster, for anybody who is counting.

As we learned last season, things can alter rapidly after complimentary agents are allowed to sign new contracts. The Sun saw two of its top players– Courtney Williams and Shekinna Stricklen– head to the Atlanta Dream after a wildly effective 2019 campaign. It showed anything can take place in complimentary agency, no matter how excellent a team may be.

There are a variety of questions facing the Sun as totally free representative finalizings loom. Here are some of the most significant:

1. How will the group address the Alyssa Thomas situation?

Thomas is out forever after undergoing surgery to repair a split Achilles tendon in mid January. It’s uncertain simply how the Engine’s injury has affected her negotiations with the Sun, if at all. But in any case, it’s a problem Connecticut must address this offseason thinking about Thomas likely could miss the entire 2021 season.

2. Is Jasmine Thomas undoubtedly back?

A report from Winsidr today recommended Thomas will return on a multi-year deal. This, naturally, has not been verified by the team. But ought to the rumor be real, it’ll be an essential move in guaranteeing the Sun’s starting five stays strong.

3. Which players are worth keeping?

Sure, this is a relatively basic concern. And we have actually got a few players in mind we believe are worth keeping. But the negotiation procedure is a two-way street. And as we have actually seen in current offseasons, the two sides aren’t constantly on the same page.

Lineup balance also will play a key role in a few of the group’s upcoming decisions.

4. Which gamers should the team part ways with?

Like the last question, this one is quite generic. However in the end, the opportunities of every gamer returning next season are incredibly slim. The bigger issues at hand here, as previously noted, are finances and lineup balance.

5. Where will the Sun need assist?

The answers to this question will change depending upon how some free representative negotiations turn out. Of course, losing Alyssa Thomas long-lasting will play into Connecticut’s needs at forward. However the remainder of the discussion will mostly lean on who stays and who goes.

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