Discover the challenges faced by the Mystics as they navigate their future, as eloquently expressed by Jenn Hatfield of The NEXT.
It is widely known that the Washington Mystics were underdogs in the race for this year’s WNBA championship. Despite the potential for success (and external circumstances such as injuries to other teams), they were ultimately eliminated in the playoffs by the New York Liberty.
During the offseason, the Mystics must make a crucial decision: whether to maintain their current core, which has been stable for several years, or rebuild around a younger group of players.
The team’s most prominent free agent this year is none other than franchise player Elena Delle Donne. Last season, she earned an impressive supermax salary of over $234,000 and is currently an unrestricted free agent.
If Delle Donne chooses to return, it will be intriguing to see what her new salary will be. However, if she decides not to, Washington could leverage this situation to attract other players, particularly younger talents who can contribute in the long run. Another unrestricted free agent to consider is Natasha Cloud, who earned $190,000 last year.
Jenn Hatfield of The NEXT provided insightful analysis in a recent column on the Mystics’ uncertain future. I wholeheartedly support her viewpoints and encourage you to read her thought-provoking column by clicking the link below.
Would you prefer the Mystics to let Delle Donne and/or Cloud explore free agency, or should they be re-signed at lower salaries? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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