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Breaking Down Another Big Week of WNBA Free Agency

While not quite matching the record-setting pace of the first wave, WNBA Free Agency’s second week hasn’t lacked excitement. That said, a few teams have been conspicuously quiet in comparison to the rest. The Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty have largely sat out the proceedings while everyone else has loaded up or…

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Breaking Down WNBA’s Wild Week of Free Agency

February 10 kicked off an exciting flurry of free-agent activity for the WNBA, and each of the 12 franchises has made moves they hope will improve their roster for the upcoming 2020 season. With the new CBA in place, some teams—like the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury—have pounced with large dollar offers to entice…

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WNBA Team-Building has Entered a New Era

Washington Mystics general manager and head coach Mike Thibault says the WNBA’s new collective bargaining agreement has changed his job forever. He’s right, and it’s a great thing despite the additional challenges for those in his profession. Thibault gave an interview to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post after former Washington guard Kristi Toliver recently…

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WNBA Watch List: Top Matchups for Each Team in 2020

The WNBA recently released its 2020 schedule, and this coming year’s teams will play 36 games (instead of 34) while also participating in the first-ever Commissioner’s Cup. Every team will take its first ten conference games—two matchups apiece against each of the five other teams in their conference—and use those standings to seed a midseason…

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Reigniting L.A. Sparks in 2020 Will Start Up Front

Undercut by the controversial semifinal sweep that saw first-year coach Derek Fisher all but bench a healthy Candace Parker and long-time GM Penny Toler lose her job after a profanity-filled locker room speech, much of 2019 was actually a success for the Los Angeles Sparks. Though there’s plenty to unpack on that front, TBW colleague…

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What’s Next for L.A. Sparks After Sweep, Penny Toler’s Exit?

The Los Angeles Sparks face several critical decisions this offseason. They were swept in the semifinals by the Connecticut Sun and fired longtime general manager Penny Toler earlier this month.  Toler, who has been with the franchise for more than 20 years, was fired one day after a story from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne was published…

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Complete Second-Half WNBA Team-by-Team Previews

All too quickly, the WNBA has hit the All-Star break, capping off a weekend that also boasted a beach party featuring Snoop, Iggy Azalea, and DJ Liz Cambage. After everyone recovers and rests up, it’s go time: a six-week push to the end of the regular season. Let’s take a look at where teams currently…

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Nneka Ogwumike Makes LA Sparks the Contender You Won’t See Coming

No 2019 contender is further from being a finished product than the Los Angeles Sparks. Four core rotation players are currently sidelined. Yet, if and when they each return at full strength, it will still be Nneka Ogwumike’s excelling in an ever-evolving role that will be the biggest reason why they’re able to put it…

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EuroBasket Takeaways: Emma Meesseman, Maria Vadeeva Clash

The first day of Women’s EuroBasket 2019 featured a high-profile frontcourt matchup as Belgium defeated Russia 67-54 in group play.  Belgium’s Emma Meesseman (Washington Mystics) and Russia’s Maria Vadeeva (Los Angeles Sparks) also happen to be two of the most notable WNBA players participating in the tournament. Meesseman scored a game-high 29 points on 10-of-17…

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What EuroBasket Departures Mean for Rest of WNBA Season

Women’s EuroBasket 2019 begins June 27 and concludes July 7 with the championship game. 13 WNBA players along with several additional players and prospects of interest are competing in the tournament, and WNBA teams must account for the temporary losses of these players as they compete on this international stage. We don’t know how things…

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