Sabrina Ionescu will be a part of the super-team the New York Liberty put together in the offseason for at least for two years.
In order to stay with the franchise that made her the first-ever No. 1 overall choice, the guard agreed to a two-year contract extension, the Liberty said on Monday.
“We couldn’t be more excited to announce.” “Her career has already gotten off to a historic start, and she has an unmatched desire to succeed. We anticipate Sab’s long-term success in New York because she has already become instantly associated with the Liberty brand”.Sabrina’s multi-year agreement is something that Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said in a statement.
According to Richard Cohen of Her Hoops Stats, the two-year contract is for $410,000. The 25-year-old’s estimated $202,000/$208,060 split sum represents a wage boost. Since the team has already paid the maximum of six players their guaranteed salary, it is not protected.
Ionescu’s arrangement, according to Cohen, is the first instance of a contract that might have extended until 2025 but didn’t. This occurs as the league prepares for a new CBA and TV rights agreement to reflect its expansion.
New Agreement, Possibly New Ionescu
Her fourth WNBA season gets underway on Thursday. For the former Oregon superstar, it will be different than usual for a few reasons.
On the Liberty, her position has altered. Ionescu was the obvious center of attention in New York throughout her first three seasons, but the signings of 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones, 2019 MVP Breanna Stewart, and offensive dynamo Courtney Vandersloot may have changed everything.
Additionally, Ionescu had a distinctive offseason prior to this campaign. In her third WNBA game of her career in 2020, she suffered a Grade 3 left ankle sprain that required her to miss the remainder of the COVID-19 “wubble” season. Her November ankle surgery that year had an effect on her throughout the 2021 season and long after it had ended.
In 2022, she recovered and established a WNBA record for points, rebounds, and assists in a season. She was chosen for the All-WNBA Second Team and received her first All-Star nod while averaging 17.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.
With that momentum, Ionescu discovered she had complete independence in her ability to get ready for this season.
“It’s my first offseason not rehabbing, and I could say it’s the first offseason that I’ve been able to kind of map out and know exactly what it’s going to look like and not have any obstacles of surgery procedures, you know, whatever that looks like,” Ionescu said, adding that she “just hit the ground running.”Ionescu stated.
As the Liberty attempt to win their first league championship since 2000, fans will have the chance to watch her season debut on Friday against the Washington Mystics.