WNBA free agency is upon us and we've seen one of the most active and suspenseful offseasons in the history of the game. With all of this movement (and plenty more to come!) lets take a look at the top three moves so far.
Connecticut Sun: DeWanna Bonner
Curt Miller and the Connecticut Sun blew us out of the water with the signing of DeWanna Bonner in a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Mercury. It The Sun were primed for a repeat WNBA Finals run before adding Bonner. Now, it feels like an instant game over. These two are on the same team now ???? pic.twitter.com/r0cQtgzaqg
— espnW (@espnW) February 11, 2020
As Jonquel Jones continues to put the world on notice in becoming one of the premier players in the league and the cornerstone of the Miller system, this type of duo is natural for Bonner, who played alongside Britney Griner for the last seven years.
Bonner brings a versatility aspect and scoring threat the Sun didn't previously have. She can bring the ball up the court herself, play out of a pick-and-roll setting, spot up from deep, and cause a mismatch nightmare for opponents with her scoring versatility.
A big question still remains if the Sun will keep Courtney Williams and truly make this an enhanced and championship-ready roster.
Phoenix Mercury: Skylar Diggins-Smith
Easily one of the top moves in WNBA free agency is Skylar Diggins-Smith jumping to the Phoenix Mercury in a blockbuster trade.
The Dallas Wings traded Diggins-Smith to Phoenix for the Nos. 5 and 7 picks in the 2020 draft and Phoenix's 2021 first-round pick. Dallas traded that 2021 first-round pick to Chicago for Astou Ndour. In my opinion, this is a win for all parties involved. There was no doubt it was time for the Wings and SDS to part ways.
With the loss of Bonner, Phoenix needed to retool their "big three." The addition of Skylar Diggins-Smith to Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi almost seems unfair. With a healthy Taurasi, the Phoenix Mercury will be able to go toe-to-toe with anyone in this league as potential contenders.
Los Angeles Sparks: Kristi Toliver
The 11 year WNBA vet signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Sparks following her championship run with the Washington Mystics. Why? Well, the Mystics couldn't meet her salary requests. Los Angeles could. This is a no-brainer for the Sparks and a huge win for the franchise.
Toliver, in her second go-around with the Sparks, will help fill the loss of Alana Beard, who recently announced her retirement. At 33 years old, Toliver brings a wealth of championship-caliber experience to the roster. Not to mention, the NBA coach gains an opportunity to learn from Derek Fisher as the two will undoubtedly tag team leading this Sparks roster in the future.
Toliver can run the point or slide over to the off guard as this basketball mind and coach on the floor gets the opportunity to reunite with teammates she won a championship with in the past in Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike.