Breanna Stewart is back with the Seattle Storm for at least one more season after signing a one-year supermax deal, according to Chris Haynes of YahooSports. The agreement guarantees she will play at least one more season with WNBA legend Sue Bird and Jewell Lloyd.
WNBA free agent superstar Breanna Stewart has reached an agreement on a one-year supermax deal to return to the Seattle Storm, the franchise that drafted her No. 1 overall in 2016 and where she won two titles, league sources tell @YahooSports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 1, 2022
Bird announced via social media she would come back for her 19th season. Bird, Stewart, and Lloyd played a crucial part in the Storm winning the 2018 and 2020 WNBA titles. Bird also led the Storm to a championship in 2004 and 2010.
The W free-agency signing period begins Tuesday. Before free agency began, the first overall pick out of UConn in the 2016 WNBA Draft reportedly met with New York Liberty management.
Stewart has quite the resume; she was named regular-season MVP in 2018, is a two-time WNBA Finals MVP, and has won two championships. She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won four national titles at UConn.
Stewie has dealt with injury woes recently, injuring her left food against the Washington Mystics. The injury prevented the 28-year-old forward from playing in the Storms’ final two regular-season games or the playoffs. The Phoenix Mercury eliminated the Storm in the second round of the playoffs.
In October, Stewie elected to undergo surgery for a minor repair and reinforcement of the Achilles tendon. She missed the entire 2019 season after suffering a torn Achilles while playing overseas with Dynamo Kursk in the WNBA offseason
Stewart has averaged 20.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks in her five WNBA seasons.