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Breanna Stewart to ‘improve the standard’ with Liberty

In one in every of many best free agent strikes in WNBA’s historic previous, former league MVP Breanna Stewart has decided to play for the New York Liberty, leaving the Seattle Storm after profitable two championships in seven years, she introduced Wednesday on Twitter.

Wednesday marked the first day WNBA free brokers can formally sign contracts and supply sheets for the 2023 season, although sources knowledgeable ESPN that Stewart stays to be engaged on the specifics of the deal she’s going to sign with New York.

“It has been a roller coaster of emotions for constructive, and I decided to go to New York because of I must proceed to be good,” Stewart knowledgeable Malika Andrews on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “I must go to the place I can proceed to help this league develop to be greater, to proceed to spice up the standard.

“I actually really feel like, why not go to an important market in all of sports activities actions, and I’m truly excited to go after their first championship.”

Stewart, 28, made structure air journey a key factor about her free firm, league sources knowledgeable ESPN. It was a topic in discussions with the four teams she met with — the Liberty, Storm, Minnesota Lynx, and Washington Mystics — to see the place they stood on the issue, which she believes is necessary to avid gamers’ well-being, safety, and effectivity.

Although not one of many teams would possibly make a direct pledge on the issue attributable to salary-cap pointers, sources acknowledged Stewart believes she has raised the issue to a stage of significance that vital conversations will proceed inside the fast future.