2022 WNBA Free Agency: Seattle Storm face free agency of Jordin Canada

The Seattle Storm have actually cored Jewell Loyd, making sure that she will go back to the group for 2022. Sue Bird has actually currently hinted that she will be going back to Seattle also and the Storm are certainly going to turn over the supermax to keep Breanna Stewart. Does that huge 3 require a 4th star contributed to the mix? Or are the present function gamers on the Storm sufficient?

By the numbers*

Free representatives (type) (2021 typical wage)

  • Sue Bird (unlimited) ($221,450)
  • Cierra Burdick (unlimited) ($24,330)
  • Jewell Loyd (cored) ($121,500)
  • Breanna Stewart (unlimited) ($190,550)
  • Jordin Canada (limited) ($70,040)
  • Mercedes Russell (limited) ($70,040)
  • Stephanie Talbot (limited) ($70,040)
  • Karlie Samuelson (booked) ($17,304)

Total typical wage of totally free representatives: $785,254

Total group wage: $392,964

Cap area: $986,236


Stephanie Talbot (with ball)
Photo by Joshua Huston/NBAE through Getty Images

The HerHoopStats mock totally free company had Tina Charles going to the Storm. That would be a significant advancement so I believe it’s worth bringing that up here as a situation. You can see the YouTube video where the mock totally free company group discusses it listed below. The Tina Charles conversation starts at 27:28:

The Storm might release Mercedes Russell, Stephanie Talbot and Epiphanny Prince in a situation to get Charles. Em Adler, who covers the Storm carefully for The Next has Talbot “probably leaving” and Prince “likely to be cut,” though she believes the group wants to hold on to Talbot if possible. Adler would have the Storm focus on Russell over Jordin Canada, however in this situation Charles would change Russell and you’d still have a fantastic backup center in Ezi Magbegor.

Parting methods with Russell, Talbot and Prince might possibly leave the Storm with sufficient cash to keep Canada and get Charles.

The HerHoopStats mock totally free company had phony GM Kevin Pelton of ESPN reaching a handle Charles for $170,000, simply $5,000 listed below the pay cut she currently required to produce a winner in Washington. We understand Charles has that history of taking a pay cut in pursuit of a champion so this makes good sense.

With Charles being paid $170,000, the Storm would keep Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd at the supermax, Katie Lou Samuelson at $72,141, Ezi Magbegor at $60,471, Kennedy Burke at $72,141, Mikiah Herbert Harrigan at $73,211, the No. 9 choice at $66,306, a second-round choice at $63,389 and release Cierra Burdick and Karlie Samuelson. That would provide $345,353 to invest in between Sue Bird and Canada. If Bird takes the supermax, Canada would get $117,259. If Canada is getting high deals somewhere else, Bird might be happy to take a pay cut like Charles, who is more deserving of the supermax than Bird is provided their ages.

Adler does raise an asset about Canada’s scoring being an enigma though.

There is likewise a method to keep Russell and Canada. By releasing the dream to produce a superteam with Charles, the Storm might stick to the core that led them to the 2020 champion. They might even keep Talbot and Prince too, which would provide all of their Top 9 scorers and minute-getters from in 2015. Talbot would be paid $95,000, Prince would take a pay cut to $95,000, and Russell and and Canada might both be paid up to $130,000 if Bird takes a pay reduced to $201,953. Maybe Talbot might be paid a bit more and Prince and Canada a little less. The Storm would just keep the No. 9 choice in the draft in this situation and they’d likewise quit Herbert Harrigan.

On paper, you’d be returning basically all your scoring from in 2015 and hi, this was the group that won the Commissioner’s Cup and it likely would have beaten Phoenix in the playoffs if it had Stewart healthy. But it is not likely that Seattle will focus on Prince (age 34) over Herbert Harrigan, who, in spite of not contributing much as a novice, is 23 and was the No. 6 choice in the 2020 draft. Burke is 3rd in EuroLeague Women in scoring behind just WNBA stars Kayla McBride and Brionna Jones with 18.9 points per video game. So I would absolutely hang on to her.

Letting go of Russell, Canada and Prince (and still paying Bird the supermax while keeping Talbot and a second-round choice) would unlock to generate a complimentary representative at $192,259. That might be Charles or another huge star.

Charles pertains to raise when speaking about the Storm due to the fact that they’ve won 2 of the last 4 champions and they still have the huge 3 that led them there. Charles is just going to be taking a look at the very best of the very best groups and Seattle is among them.

* All wage numbers originated from HerHoopStats

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