Predictions for the Sky’s 2023 free agents

It’s that time again when everyone commits to better gym routines, eating healthier, sleeping better and other life-changing goals. As always, the new year is associated with change.

And for the Sky in 2023, there will be plenty of it.

Coach and general manager James Wade, who has the highest winning percentage of any Sky coach and was the 2022 executive of the year, is locked in through the 2025 season. But little else is guaranteed to stay the same. Five members of the roster will become unrestricted free agents in the new year, and according to, Wade will have $931,801 in cap space to re-sign players or go after others.

The period for qualifying offers is Jan. 11-20, and beginning on Jan. 21, players can engage in contract negotiations. On Feb. 1, players can begin signing.

Here are predictions for the Sky’s unrestricted free agents:

Courtney Vandersloot

After years of re-signing without hesitation while watching franchise player after franchise player leave the Sky, Vandersloot, the No. 3 overall pick of 2011, is now entertaining her options. She made good on her goal of bringing a championship to the team that drafted her. But a year later, she also suffered one of the hardest losses of her career when the Sky were eliminated by the Sun in the semifinals in September.

There’s no way that Vandersloot, known for her competitive nature, could leave on that note, right? She’ll be back to make up for that harrowing playoff exit, right?


During the semifinals, she told the Sun-Times that as much as she hates change, she knows it’s something she needs in order to continue improving as a player. After 12 years with the same team, what’s a more significant change than joining a new one?

Prediction: Vandersloot, who’s originally from the Seattle area, signs a one-year deal with the Storm.

Allie Quigley

After playing for four different teams in her first four years in the WNBA, Quigley, who starred at DePaul, signed with the hometown Sky in 2013 and became one of the league’s greatest shooters. During All-Star weekend this past July, she became the first player from either the WNBA or NBA to win four three-point shooting contests.

For the last two years, she has been open about contemplating retirement. Although she hasn’t made a decision about next season, according to her agent, she was candid about the subject after the Sky’s playoff ouster.

“The game has given me more than I ever could have imagined,” Quigley said. “I never imagined it ending up like this or having the career I’ve had, especially doing it in Chicago with my family, and meeting my wife [Vandersloot]. It was unbelievable. I couldn’t ask for anything better. It was a dream come true.”

Prediction: Quigley retires after 14 seasons.

Candace Parker

Much like Quigley, Parker has been on…

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