WNBL athletes making moves in the WNBA

February 7, 2024 | WNBL news

Written by Corey Kennedy

It has been a huge last few days for some of our WNBL stars, as over in the United States WNBA free agency kicked off over the weekend.

Two of the WNBL’s biggest names have been involved in a bombshell trade with Perth Lynx’s Aari McDonald heading to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for Melbourne Boomers Jordin Canada who will head to the Atlanta Dream.

Didi Richards has signed with the Washington Mystics after missing last WNBA season and has credited her season with the Sydney Flames as part of the stepping stone to get back into the league.

“The WNBL has been great for me, it’s such a strong league and has helped me work on both sides of my game.” Richards said.

“To play alongside the likes of Tess (Madgen), Cayla (George), Loz (Nicholson) has been amazing for me and my game.”

Richards still has her sights set on one thing before joining the Mystics.

“I am here to win it all with the Flames, we are in good form right now and looking to make the push into finals.”

“Hopefully we can win a title before I head back to the WNBA, I am really excited for my next step but I still have work to do here.”

Adelaide’s Brianna Turner was traded this morning to the Chicago Sky.

Opals Rebecca Allen and Alannah Smith will also join new teams with Allen joining the Pheonix Mercury in a sign and trade. Smith has signed a two year deal with the Minnesota Lynx.

Cayla George, Jocelyn Willoughby and Amanda Zauhi B are all unrestricted free agents.

Jade Melbourne (Seattle), Sami Whitcomb (Seattle), Kristy Wallace (Indiana), Mercedes Russell (Seattle) and Naz Hillmon (Atlanta) are all still under contract with their respective teams.


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