New York Liberty kicks off WNBA free agency by signing Stefanie Dolson

With WNBA Free agency slated for Feb. 1, the New York Liberty has begun remodeling its roster for the 2022 season.

Chantel Jennings of The Athletic announced the big news of the day:

With the arrival of Stefanie Dolson in New York, the Libs will grow in size in the frontcourt. At 6’5″, Dolson will allow Natasha Howard to return to her more natural position as a power forward. Dolson was instrumental in the Chicago Sky’s run to the 2021 Finals and ended up hitting the baskets that helped seal the final against Sandy Brondello’s Phoenix Mercury club Dolson won a gold medal with Team USA’s 3×3 team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Dolson won’t be counted on to score, but she puts up some great screens which will open things up and create more space for Sabrina Ionescu, Sami Whitcomb and Betnijah Laney. Dolson is a good choice and pop partner

and can also spot

During her introductory press conference, Sandy Brondello mentioned that she wants more paint strokes, and having a center that can draw opposing big players to the three-point line will open up traffic lanes for guards. freedom.

Dolson is also a good rim protector and for a Liberty team that has often struggled on defense, having someone who can deter field goal shots will be incredibly valuable alongside Howard.

The UConn product is part of the 17-woman roster for Team USA training camp that will meet next weekend ahead of the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball Tournament the following week.

And after?

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The Liberty still have a lot of work to do this winter. Team governors Clara Wu and Joe Tsai as well as Brondello recently met with Seattle Storm legend Breanna Stewart, but getting Stewie back to the East Coast will take a lot of work as she will demand maximum pay.

Rebecca Allen is Liberty’s longest-serving player, but also an unrestricted free agent and someone who will get a lot of attention from suitors across the W. Allen’s ability to defend various positions and knock down three pointers at an effective clip makes it an integral part of what the team hopes to accomplish in 2022 and beyond. The team can also be strengthened by the to return to by Marina Johannes. Johannes last appeared with Liberty in the 2019 season but has played abroad for the past two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With free agency underway, the Liberty have a great opportunity to build on a roster that snuck into the 2021 playoffs and put up a hell of a fight. Signing Dolson is a great start and we’ll see where the road takes them next.

Christy J. Olson