WNBA layoffs are ridiculous moments
The final layoffs in the WNBA are brutal every year. But this season, they are particularly grim considering that the COVID-19 pandemic prevented all recruiters from trying their teams. This is some layoffs that I haven’t liked in the past few years after an earlier round of layoffs. It is painful that so many great basketball players are unemployed.
Worse, it wo n’t get better soon. League Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said on the fourth day of his work last summer that the WNBA would not have an expansion team until the remaining 12 teams are financially stable. Then there is COVID-19, and the indefinite postponement of this season. Even after a partial season has yet to be determined, women ’s sports are being hit and are at a time of strong momentum.
In addition, depending on the progress of the pandemic, overseas leagues may be restricted or closed this winter and winter. These leagues provide convenience for every entry point player, every undrafted player who loves the game, and WNBA players who need to add a small salary. South Korea and Australia have already said no to foreign players next year. What if others around the world follow suit? American homeless people will be forced to drop out of school faster than expected, and some think it is the worst job market since the Great Depression.
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Cuts: Elina Babkina, Alaina Coates.
Last season: Maite Cazorla (elected for the 2020 season), Mikayla Pivec (elected for the 2020 season), Kobi Thornton (elected for the 2020 season).
Layoffs: Japris Dean, Alexis Prince.
Out of stock season: Kiah Gillespie (personal reason).
Karelina Mostada Lewis
Layoffs: Valeriane Ayayi, Jacki Gemelos, Jazmon Gwathmey, Megan Huff, and more Juicy Landrum.
Katie Lou Samuelson
Layoffs: Morgan Bertsch, Kaela Davis, Luisa Geiselsöder, Karlie Samuelson.
Deal: Kristin Anigway (Go to Los Angeles to spark)
Out of stock: Imani McGee-Stafford (law school).
Cut: Jessica January, Paris Chia, Erica McCall, Kamia Smith.
Ace of las vegas
Layoffs: Lauren Manis, Raisa Musina, Avery Warley-Talbert.
Low season: JiSu Park (personal decision).
Los Angeles Sparks
Kristin Anigway (trade through the wings of Dallas)
Cuts: Tinis Martin, Dominique McBride, Beatrice Mampmere
Last season: Maria Vadeeva (overseas, planned to rejoin the team in 2021), Leonie Fiebich (overseas).
Kalima Christmas Kelly
Mikiah Herbert Harrigan
Layoffs: Linnae Harper, Erica Ogwumike.
High season: Maya Moore (individual), Jessica Shepard (ACL recovery), Odyssey Sims (individual).
New York Freedom
Amanda Zahui B
Layoffs: Brittany Boyd, Reshanda Gray, Taylor Hill.
High season: Han Xu (overseas), Marine Johannés (overseas), Stephanie Talbot (personal decision).
Skylar Dickins Smith
Downsizing: Sara Blicavs, Te’a Cooper, Olivia Epoupa, Stella Johnson.
Last season: Yvonne Turner (knee injury).
Layoffs: Haley Gorecki, Joyner Holmes.
Elena Delle Donne
Downsizing: Jaylen Agnew, Rebecca Greenwell, Alecia “Sug” Sutton.