The New York Liberty announced the signing of free agent rookie Joyner Holmes to the team on Friday.
The signing comes just a day after five-year WNBA vet Rebecca Allen announced her decision to opt out of the 2020 season.
"This has absolutely been one of the toughest decisions, but after much thought and discussions, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 season in Florida," Allen stated in the announcement. "The uncertainly of the COVID-19 crisis and the logistical health risks related to travel have led me to conclude that it's best if I not play in the WNBA this year."
— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) June 26, 2020
Allen's numbers have continued to rise during her time with the Liberty with 2019 being her most successful campaign yet averaging 7.2 points in 17 minutes per game.
"Rebecca is a consummate professional and a key factor to the team's new style of play," said Liberty General Manager Jonathan Kolb per release. "We understand that these decisions are never easy and while she will certainly be missed this season, we fully support her decision to do what is best for her and her family."
The addition of Holmes adds size at the forward position. The six-foot-three Texas graduate was originally drafted as the No. 19 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm. Holmes was waived at the end of May prior to rosters being finalized.
During her time at Texas, Holmes compiled 1,270 total career points and 856 rebounds while shooting 42.5 percent from the field during her career. She will be the seventh first year player on the New York Liberty roster this season.