2021 WNBA Free Agency Tracker

A list of free agents updated as transactions occur

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Back in September, we published an early list of upcoming WNBA free agents and their various different statuses. This was based on sourced contract information and an understanding of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that governs how truly ‘free’ a WNBA player is when their contract runs out. Now it’s time for that all to become a reality.

Over the first 14 days of January, teams had to send out qualifying offers in order to officially make certain players restricted, reserved, or - in a few special cases - cored. For more detailed explanations of the categories below, please refer to the initial article and our CBA FAQ. In short, Unrestricted Free Agents can talk to and sign with anyone they want; Restricted Free Agents can also do that, but their previous team has the right to match any offer sheet they sign to retain them; Reserved and ‘Suspended-Contract Expired’ players can only negotiate and sign with their previous team.

Cored Players, similar to reserved, can only negotiate and sign with their previous team - but the designation comes with a one-year, guaranteed, supermax contract offer (this year $221,450). The team and player can negotiate a deal for more years and/or for a lower number, if they wish. Or as we saw last year with Skylar Diggins-Smith, the player can refuse to sign and push for a trade, often to a specific chosen destination.

The list below will be consistently updated as contracts are signed over the course of free agency, although don’t expect a deluge just yet. Teams and players are allowed to start talking as of January 15, but can’t sign new contracts until February 1 at the earliest. The signings we’ve seen already, and the only kind that can happen before February, were players accepting their qualifying offers.

Note: Last updated March 12, 2021

Cored Players

Players given the Core Designation by their previous franchise; they cannot negotiate or sign with any other team

Cambage, Liz (LVA) Re-signed with Las Vegas

Howard, Natasha (SEA) Signed-and-traded to New York

Ogwumike, Nneka (LAS) Re-signed with Los Angeles

Unrestricted Free Agents

Free to sign with any team 

Achonwa, Natalie (IND) Signed with Minnesota

Alexander, Kayla (MIN)

Augustus, Seimone (LAS) Signed with Los Angeles

Bentley, Alex

Bird, Sue (SEA) Re-signed with Seattle

Breland, Jessica (PHO) Signed with Indiana

Burdick, Cierra (LVA)

Carson, Essence (CON)

Charles, Tina (WAS) Re-signed with Washington

Christmas-Kelly, Karima

Clark, Alysha (SEA) Signed with Washington

Coates, Alaina (WAS)

Coffey, Nia (PHO) Signed with Los Angeles

Colson, Sydney (CHI)

Dupree, Candice (IND) Signed with Seattle

Faulkner, Jamierra (CHI)

Gillespie, Kiah

Gray, Chelsea (LAS) Signed with Las Vegas

Gray, Reshanda (LAS)

Hawkins, Tianna (WAS) Signed with Atlanta

Holmes, Bria (CON) Signed with Los Angeles

Huff, Megan

Jenkins, Alisia (PHO)

Johnson, Glory (ATL)

Johnson, Shenise (MIN)

Jones, Alexis

Laney, Betnijah (ATL) Signed with New York

Lavender, Jantel (IND) Re-signed with Indiana

McBride, Kayla (LVA) Signed with Minnesota

Meesseman, Emma (WAS)

Mosqueda-Lewis, Kaleena (CON)

Parker, Candace (LAS) Signed with Chicago

Parker, Cheyenne (CHI) Signed with Atlanta

Plaisance, Theresa (CON) Signed with Washington

Powers, Aerial (WAS) Signed with Minnesota

Prince, Epiphanny (SEA) Re-signed with Seattle

Robinson, Danielle (LVA) Signed with Indiana

Rodgers, Sugar (LVA)

Smalls, Kamiah (IND) Signed with Connecticut

Swords, Carolyn (LVA)

Taurasi, Diana (PHO) Re-signed with Phoenix

Thomas, Alyssa (CON) Re-signed with Connecticut

Thomas, Jasmine (CON) Re-signed with Connecticut

Vaughn, Kia (PHO) Re-signed with Phoenix

Walker-Kimbrough, Shatori (PHO) Signed with Atlanta

Warley-Talbert, Avery

Wheeler, Erica (IND) Signed with Los Angeles

Williams, Riquna (LAS) Signed with Las Vegas

Zahui B, Amanda (NYL) Signed with Los Angeles

Restricted Free Agents

Previous team can match contract signed with another team

Davis, Kaela (ATL) Re-signed with Atlanta

Dietrick, Blake (ATL)  

Gray, Allisha (DAL) Re-signed with Dallas

Jones, Brionna (CON) Re-signed with Connecticut

McCall, Erica (MIN) Signed-and-traded to Washington

Sykes, Brittney (LAS) Re-signed with Los Angeles

Whitcomb, Sami (SEA) Signed-and-traded to New York

Reserved Players

Can only negotiate with previous team

Agnew, Jaylyn (ATL)

Allen, Lindsay (LVA) Re-signed with Las Vegas, traded to Indiana

Cannon, Emma (LVA) Re-signed with Las Vegas

Carleton, Bridget (MIN) Re-signed with Minnesota

Cooper, Te'a (LAS) Re-signed with Los Angeles

Cruz, Anna (MIN)

Fagbenle, Temi (MIN) Rights traded to Indiana

Gemelos, Jacki (WAS) Re-signed with Washington

Hiedeman, Natisha (CON) Re-signed with Connecticut

Holmes, Joyner (NYL) Re-signed with New York

Johnson, Stella (WAS) Re-signed with Washington

Kea, Paris (NYL)

Mompremier, Beatrice (CON) Re-signed with Connecticut

Peddy, Shey (PHO) Re-signed with Phoenix

Petrovic, Sonja (PHO)

Prince, Alexis (CHI)

Raincock-Ekunwe, Nayo (NYL)

Robinson, Angelica (PHO)

Sutton, Sug (WAS) Re-signed with Washington

Tolo, Marianna (LAS)

Xargay Casademont, Marta (PHO)

“Suspended - Contract Expired” Players

Can only negotiate with previous team

Allen, Rebecca (NYL)

Cloud, Natasha (WAS) Re-signed with Washington

Hatar, Bernadett (IND) Re-signed with Indiana

Kang, Lee-seul (WAS)

Montgomery, Renee (ATL) Retired

Moore, Maya (MIN)

Ogwumike, Chiney (LAS) Re-signed with Los Angeles

Sanders, LaToya (WAS) Re-signed with Washington

Talbot, Stephanie (NYL) Traded to, then signed with, Seattle

Turner, Yvonne (PHO) Traded to, then signed with, Atlanta

Zandalasini, Cecilia (MIN)


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