The Women's National Basketball League has announced that its free agency period started yesterday at 1:00 pm AEST.
As the WNBL prepares for the 2020-21 season, which it announced earlier this week to start on the 20-21 of November, 2020 with a 21 match schedule, it's free agency period opened yesterday.
At present there are 61 free agents currently up for grabs by the league's eight teams. This list includes several Opals in Adelaide Lighting's Lauren Nicholson, Perth Lynx's Lauren Mansfield, Sydney Uni Flames' Alice Kunek and Alex Wilson, Townsville Fire's Darcee Garbin and Tess Madgen.
At present no information has been stated about the contracting of foreign players, with future travel restrictions still unknown. However, there is also a possibility of return by a number of Opals currently contracted by the WNBA, that is Bec Allen, Liz Cambage, Alanna Smith and Sami Whitcomb.
Basketball Australia's head of Women in Basketball Lauren Jackson, when speaking to the WNBL website stated:
“The WNBL should be considered the template for how to develop world-class athletes for both domestic and international honours while delivering a product which is envied by the rest of the world.
“We are entering an extremely exciting period for Australian women’s basketball, with the delayed Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 and Sydney set to host the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup. With the Opals currently ranked number two in the world and the Gems finishing with the silver medal at last year’s FIBA 19s World Cup, never has there been a greater opportunity for Australia to claim that title as the world’s best women’s basketball nation.
“In addition to the sensational Australian talent who have either re-signed or on the Free Agency List for next season, the WNBL could welcome back some of our homegrown superstars including the likes of Liz Cambage and Alanna Smith, which would be phenomenal for the WNBL.”
The scheduling of a full season, the probability of fans in the stands later on in the season and the possible return of homegrown stars makes the 41rst season of the WNBL exciting to look forward to.
As for now you can follow the free agency period through the league's player movement tracker: