Key Things to Know About 2019 WNBA Free Agency

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The start of the 2019 Free Agency period is just around the corner and the negotiations period has officially begun. With the season just a few months away, here’s what you need to know about Free Agency.

Key Dates

  • January 15: Free Agency negotiations begin. At this point, teams are able to begin negotiating with their Core and Reserved Players and any Restricted and Unrestricted Free Agents. This is when all player designations will be announced.
  • February 1: Free Agency period begins. Teams and players can officially finalize deals to sign contracts and offer sheets.

Player Designations

  • Core Players: The Core designation gives a team exclusive negotiating rights with a player. Players can receive a Core designation only 4 times in their career.
  • Reserved Players: Players with 3 or fewer years of service. The player’s prior team has exclusive negotiating rights.
  • Restricted Free Agents: Players with 4 or 5 years of service are considered to be Restricted Free Agents. Restricted free agency gives the player’s prior team the right to keep the player by matching a contract offer the player signs with another team (Right of First Refusal). If the player signs a contract offer with another team, the player’s prior team has four days from the date it receives the offer to determine whether it wishes to match. If the offer is matched, the player will remain with her team. If the offer is not matched within the four-day period, the player will be under contract with the offering team.
  • Unrestricted Free Agents: An unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any team as long as she is not designated a Core Player by her prior team.

Notable Free Agents Around the League

How to Follow

@WNBA social channels and each team’s individual social channels will provide breaking news and updates during the Free Agency period.

Updates will be made to the league’s 2019 Free Agency tracker, as well.