One of the biggest moves in WNBA history happened on Wednesday, as former league MVP and two-time WNBA champion Breanna Stewart signed with the New York Liberty, leaving the Seattle Storm, the only team she has known in her career thus far. Stewart mentioned in an interview with ESPN’s Malika Andrews "It's been a roller coaster of emotions for sure, and I decided to go to New York because I want to continue to be great, I want to go to the place where I can continue to help this league become better, to continue to raise the standard.”
"I feel like, why not go to the biggest market in all of sports, and I'm really excited to go after their first championship." The other teams Stewart met with were the Storm. Minnesota Lynx and Washington Mystics to see wherever there was charter air travel a priority in her free agency decision process.
Stewart has been very vocal about how charter air travel is a key factor in players' health, safety, and performance. Since being selected as the No.1 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, Stewart has won two titles, is a two-time WNBA Finals MVP, was the 2018 league MVP, a five-time All-WNBA selection, and has a laundry list of other accolades.
She is averaging 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds throughout her career thus far which includes missing the 2019 season due to an Achilles injury.
Stewart now joining the Liberty, who have their own young star point guard in 2020 No.1 pick in Sabrina Ionescu vaults them into immediate championship contention after acquiring Stewart and 2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones.
The Liberty finished 16-20 last season, with the additions of two former league MVPs in Jones and Stewart, and another potential future one in Ionescu can make for a tremendous trio in the Big Apple. Can all three mesh together and ultimately bring a title to New York City? That’s something we’ll have to find out once they step foot on the court together.