Move over Nets, there’s a new Super Team playing basketball in Brooklyn
There will soon be a new Big 3 in Brooklyn.
The New York Liberty landed the biggest prize in WNBA free agency on Wednesday, adding Breanna Stewart to a team that already includes 2020 No. 1 overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu and 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones.
On the first day free agents could sign with new teams, Stewart broke the internet when she announced on Twitter and TikTok that she will be joining the Liberty. The Syracuse native spent seven years with the Seattle Storm after being picked first in the 2016 draft. She led the Storm to two WNBA titles, securing league MVP in 2018.
— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) February 1, 2023
This comes a few weeks after the Liberty traded for Jones, who was previously with Connecticut Sun. The four-time All Star requested the trade to New York.
Coach Sandy Brondello, a former WNBA champion coach with the Phoenix Mercury, last month alluded to free agency being a big opportunity for the team.
“We still want to keep being aggressive and continue to build this into a championship winning team,” Brondello said at a press conference introducing Jones to the team. “But the names of players doesn’t mean you're going to win a championship, does it? It’s more about coming together and building the teamwork we need to be great.”
On Wednesday, league sources told ESPN Stewart made air travel a key factor in her free agency decision, as charter flight travel has again become a hot button issue in the league. Liberty owner Joseph Tsai has long been an advocate for solving the league’s travel problems, and in July 2021 publicly promised to find a solution.
Stewart’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, said to ESPN that, “Stewie's free agency is the story of the WNBA at an inflection point: Players understand their value, the potential of the WNBA, and are eager partners in growing a business that has incredible momentum.”
With this new Big 3 in New York, the Liberty will vie for the franchise’s first championship banner – a possibility that has grown with each aggressive push to bring a new WNBA veteran into its fold. The season begins on May 19.
But a run for a championship won’t be easy, especially with the way this offseason is shaping up.
Last weekend, the league’s defending champs, Las Vegas Aces, took steps towards creating their own "Super Team" with the addition of two-time league MVP Candace Parker. Their roster already had Chelsea Gray, A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Breanna Stewart joins New York Liberty, Sabrina Ionescu on super team