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WNBA superstar Breanna Stewart to stay with Storm on 1-year deal: Source - The Athletic

WNBA superstar Breanna Stewart to stay with Storm on 1-year deal: Source - The Athletic Image
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Former WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart has reached an agreement on a one-year supermax deal to stay with the Seattle Storm, according to multiple reports.

Former WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart has reached an agreement on a one-year supermax deal to stay with the Seattle Storm, The Athletic confirmed. Former rookie of the year Jewell Loyd will also be staying in Seattle, The Associated Press reported.

Yahoo! Sports first reported Stewart would re-sign.

The Storm picked Stewart No. 1 in the 2016 WNBA Draft and Loyd No. 1 in 2015, and both won the league title with the team in 2018 and 2020.

The WNBA free agency signing period officially opens on Tuesday; supermax salaries for 2022 are worth $228,094.

Earlier this offseason, Seattle opted not to designate Stewart as its "core" player — which would have effectively restricted her ability to leave for another team in free agency. The club instead tabbed Loyd as its core player.

Stewart, who missed the end of the 2021 season with an injured left foot, and Loyd both reportedly met with representatives from the New York Liberty last week, according to ESPN. Stewart had previously expressed her desire to stay in Seattle on multiple occasions.

"Seattle has always been my home," Stewart said after the Storm were eliminated from the playoffs last year. "It's where I've grown up. It's where my career has continued to blossom. I plan on being back unless something crazy happens."

Stewart, 27, has averaged 20 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in her five seasons in the league. She was named rookie of the year in 2026 and Finals MVP in 2018 and 2020. Stewart missed the 2019 WNBA season after suffering an Achilles injury while playing overseas.

Loyd, 28, has averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists over her seven seasons.

The deals come shortly after Storm legend Sue Bird, 41, announced she would return for one more season before retiring.

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