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Possible Seattle Storm Additions

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The Seattle Storm now know that Sue Bird will be coming back. The roster the last few seasons has been solid overall. But if this is the last run for Bird, why not go all in and send her out right? Resigning some of their key free agents is first on the priority list. Jewell Loyd and Jordan Canada will be key in the future of the team at the guard spot, so they need to get locked up. Breanna Stewart is another player that needs to get a new contract from offensive and defensive production. Additionally, Katile Lou and Karlie Samuelson could also be options to get resigned. Here are some other names the Storm can bring in to bolster their firepower.

Liz Cambage

While Mercedes Russell has been a steady player for Seattle, Cambage can kick it into another gear. Russell can’t always reach that next level when you need her the most. There have also been some situations where Russell misses point blank opportunities under the net. Cambage will not miss those.

Jonquel Jones

Jones likely won’t hit the market, but what a grab this would be from the Sun. The forward/center is the reigning league MVP and would give Seattle some more options. She led the league in every valuable metric during her stellar campaign. Jonquel Jones is an amazing rebounder and brings a lot of energy to the lineup. However, keep in mind the Storm still have Ezi Magbegor.

Emma Meesseman

Emma Meesseman was the finals MVP for the Mystics in 2019. She played in Belgium last WNBA season after playing in the WNBA bubble. Meesseman can play forward while Stewart plays center, or come in off the bench. Keep an eye on her if she is interested in a WNBA return. She averaged 13.5 points per game in 2019 along with 5.3 rebounds per game, and a career high 4.5 assist per game.

Nia Coffey

Not the biggest name, but Nia Coffey in 2021 had a three point percentage of 41.7 percent while the league average was 34.3 percent. She also shot 42.1 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. Coffey is still pretty young and can score. Look for her name on the market if she doesn’t go back to the Sparks.

Alanna Smith

Again, not the biggest name. Smith’s best year came in 2020 when she had a 42.2 field goal percentage and 23.3 percent three point percentage. Alanna Smith is a 25 year old forward that still has some upside going into year four.

Sophie Cunningham

Cunningham had a great year in 2021. She shot 43.7 percent from the field, 41 percent from three, and 70.4 percent from the line. The Mercury may want to hang onto the 25 year old guard but if she hits the market, Seattle should give her a call.

Odyssey Sims

Sims can score, distribute, and play solid defense. Her 2021 campaign featured 10 double digit scoring games with four being 20 or more. Sims helped improve Atlanta’s defense and has also produced with the Sparks and Lynx.

Kia Nurse

Kia Nurse is coming off a pretty good year with the Mercury. She put up a 35.9 field goal percentage, 35.3 three point percentage, and a very impressive 79 percent from the free throw line. Nurse also hit a half court buzzer beater in 2021 which was just a phenomenal shot. Nurse is someone who can help the Storm now and in the future.

JiSu Park

This is more of a dark horse name, but check this out. As a center, she had a 83.3 free throw percentage in 2021. In international competition for South Korea, she is unstoppable. She’s been up and down with Las Vegas, but maybe a fresh start with a new team could benefit her. The Aces also had a decent amount of bigs/centers, so Park couldn’t always get into a rhythm over the course of a season. JiSu park could be an under the radar signing wherever she goes. Any team that can make her play like she does internationally will get the steal of the free agency class.

FInal Thoughts

There is no guarantee Seattle will spend. However, planning for the future and life after Sue Bird should very much on their mind. They had a good playoff run but also had some struggles over the course of the year. Depth can help some of those issues. The draft will also be important as some international players drafted by the team, and by other teams as well, don’t always chose to come. The Storm will need be smart with the salary cap and commit to developing younger players. Seattle has a good thing going, don’t mess it up now.

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