Former WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart will meet with the Seattle Storm, New York Liberty, Minnesota Lynx and Washington Mystics once the league’s free agency period opens Saturday night at midnight ET, sources told ESPN.
The meetings will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, where Stewart is playing for the club team Fenerbahce, sources said.
Stewart’s free agency comes at a critical moment for the WNBA, which has been debating issues around player compensation, charter air travel and overseas commitments for years.
She has spoken publicly on all of these issues in the past, but has only tweeted several cryptic messages filled with emojis as she approaches her own free agency, which has led to rampant speculation around the league about what she values most in this decision.
The free agency of Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot, who is expected to meet with the Sky, Lynx, Liberty and Storm, is expected to factor into Stewart’s decision as well, sources said.
The Liberty seem to have been positioned for a run at Stewart, who has won two titles with the Seattle Storm, by trading for former WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones last week.