WNBA free agency is in full swing as many key faces of the league including Breanna Stewart, (New York Liberty) Candace Parker, (Las Vagas Aces) and Courtney Vandersloot (New York Liberty) have all found new homes for this upcoming season. The Dallas Wings are one of the teams that have been very active this offseason as they have revamped their roster for the forthcoming season which begins on May 20th at the College Park Center when they take on the Atlanta Dream.
Since the Wings’ first-round exit at the hands of the Connecticut Sun last season many people have been left wondering which direction this team is going in. Today we’re going to look at three things we’ve learned from WNBA free agency so far.
1. The Wings frontcourt will be a force to be reckoned with – On Monday when the Wings announced that they had resigned forward Teaira McCowan, it became clear that the Wings frontcourt would be a sight to see heading into 2023. McCowan had a breakout season last year, averaging 17.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in the final month of the 2022 campaign. Pairing McCowan with newly acquired former WNBA all-star Natasha Howard and the unicorn Satou Sabally, the Wings will have one of the best frontcourts in the WNBA next season.
2. We’re still left wondering if Marina Mabrey will be the point guard of the Dallas Wings next season – Before free agency started I’d have been very surprised if you would have told me that Marina Mabery would still not be resigned at this point in free agency. Mabery averaged 13.6 points per game last season as the starting point guard of the Wings last season. Mabrey is able to provide stability on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor and in my opinion, needs to be resigned by Dallas in order to achieve the goal of winning in the playoffs next season.
3. Some familiar faces will be in new places next season – Many of the Wings’ core players will be on different teams during this upcoming WNBA season. Isabelle Harrison announced via social media that she would be signing with the Chicago Sky. Longtime Wings veteran Kayla Thornton was traded to the Liberty as part of the trade that brought Natasha Howard and Crystal Dangerfield to Dallas. Perhaps the most significant loss will be Allisha Gray who will be joining the Atlanta Dream next year after being traded.
Despite all the changes, this Dallas Wings team is still looking poised to make a playoff run this season. With still some moves to be made, we’ll see what else Greg Bibb and the front office have left for this offseason.