Free agency will start next month in the WNBA and Seattle will be a team that will surely make a few moves during this off season. Whether it be resigning their key unrestricted free agents or making the decision to build up their youth, many will be watching to see what they will do. There is no debating that the Seattle Storm will draft Breanna Stewart with the first pick in the WNBA draft. She is a special player and one that should make an immediate impact for the Storm. The storm finished in fifth place in the Western Conference with a record of 10-24 bur despite their record there was a bright spot for Seattle in Jewell Loyd who was named the WNBA’s 2015 rookie of the year. Her alongside Stewart will definitely be a back court worth watching.
One of the biggest free agent’s not only in Seattle but in the WNBA is Sue Bird. Sue is an unrestricted free agent this off season. Bird has spent her entire career playing for the Storm and it’s hard to imagine her suiting up for anyone other than Seattle. It would be my guess that she will finish her career with the Storm. It would be great to have a player with the credentials and experience that Bird has to help bring along the younger players. I am certain that she had a hand in the development of Loyd throughout the season. Sue can be a player-coach on the floor and and on the sidelines and keeping her in Seattle should be a priority for the team.
Also unrestricted is Crystal Langhorne. Langhorne who was traded to Seattle from Washington a few years ago has shown well for the Storm. This past season she averaged almost 13 points and 7 rebounds per game. She is one of the better power forwards in the league and will definitely get attention from other teams looking to bolster their front court. My guess is that Langhorne will listen to what other teams have to offer and then make the best decision for her career. With the success of Japanese forward Ramu Tokashiki and Australian Abby Bishop it may be a good time for Langhorne to look elsewhere. We will be watching to see what happens with Crystal as she will be a huge asset to whatever team she suits up for next season.
The Storm will also be making decisions on Quanitra Hollingsworth and Alysha Clark who are also unrestricted free agents. Clark has been a key piece for Seattle for several seasons and Hollingsworth has size that is not often matched. Jenna O’Hea is their only restricted free agent who I think will be back with the Storm next season if she doesn’t have National Team Commitments for the Rio Olympics this summer. Seattle may be a new looking team in 2016. Look for their to be some shake up in the roster. Jenny Boucek will be entering her second season as the head coach of the team and should definitely have a better showing this coming season. What should the Storm do in free agency? Do you think they will go young and build up their squad? What kind of impact with Stewart have for the Storm? Let us know what you think.