Seattle Storm superstar Breanna Stewart recently took a meeting in free agency with the New York Liberty, setting off plenty of speculation that the two-time WNBA champion would be making her way from the West Coast to the East Coast. However, Stewart is going to run it back with the Storm for at least one more season.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes first reported Monday night that Stewart has agreed on a one-year supermax deal with Seattle. While she drew interest from all around the WNBA and took that in-person meeting with the Liberty, she ultimately decided to return to the Storm for another season.
This short-term move makes some sense given Storm legend Sue Bird is returning for the 2022 campaign. Stewart will be there for what will likely be Bird’s last dance in the WNBA, and they’ll try to win one more title together after already winning two of them. It then wouldn’t be a surprise to see Stewart move on, perhaps to the Liberty, once Bird retires.
Stewart has been with the Storm her entire WNBA career after going first overall in the 2016 draft. She won WNBA MVP in 2018 and Finals MVP in that same year and also won another Finals MVP in 2020. That second championship came after she missed an entire season due to a torn Achilles.
The 27-year-old Stewart has been a WNBA All-Star three times in her career, including this past season. Unfortunately, she didn’t play for the Storm in the playoffs because of an injury, and they lost in their first single-elimination game.
Now, though, Stewart is back and ready to go on another championship run in what could wind up being her last season in Seattle.