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Jonquel Jones part of three-team trade to New York Liberty, per report

The 2021 WNBA MVP could be on her way south on I-95.

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones reacts after a play against the Las Vegas Aces in the second half during game three of the 2022 WNBA Finals at Mohegan Sun Arena. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Update 5:38 p.m. It appears the deal is happening.


The New York Liberty and owner Joe Tsai have said they’re going to be aggressive in building a contender around No. 1 overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu. And if a report from Rachel Galligan of Winsider is correct, it could be sooner rather than later. The Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones, the 2021 WNBA MVP, could be on the trading block in the prime of her career.

This would be a blockbuster move, especially with WNBA free agency looming beginning on Saturday, January 21. It’s almost assumed that the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart will be heading back to her native New York to play in Brooklyn, and adding Jones makes them the favorite in the East by a considerable margin.

Jones averaged 19.4 points and 11.2 rebounds for the Sun in her MVP season. Last year she had 14.6 and 8.6 boards per game as the Sun reached the WNBA Finals, falling to the Las Vegas Aces in four games. At age 29, she could be the cornerstone of a title winning team for quite some time.

Stewart is the biggest prize in free agency, and the four-time NCAA and two-time WNBA and Olympic champion averaged 21.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in 2022 before losing in five games to the Aces in the semifinals. Adding two pieces of this stature to Ionescu should make for a compelling team in America’s largest media market, which has to make league commissioner Cathy Engelbert happy.

We’ll see what the details of the trade are if it happens, but there probably isn’t a price the Liberty wouldn’t pay to put together a triumvirate this strong.