Two days after saying goodbye to the city of Chicago on Instagram, point guard Courtney Vandersloot is heading to the New York Liberty. It’s also one day after Breanna Stewart announced her intentions to come to Brooklyn. Nearly three weeks since GM Jonathan Kolb engineered a trade that brought Jonquel Jones into the fold. A formidable superteam to rival the defending champions in Las Vegas.
#BREAKING Courtney Vandersloot is signing with the New York Liberty🗽✍🏼
— Courtney Vandersloot (@Sloot22) February 2, 2023
Vandersloot, who turns 34 this February, is one of the best shooters and distributors the game has ever seen, and she should be able to provide a spark offensively once again in 2023 during what will be her 13th WNBA campaign.
Vandersloot came into the WNBA in 2011 as the third overall pick out of Gonzaga. She has spent the totality of her career with the Chicago Sky, averaging 10.2 points, 6.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals over 359 games. She also holds career shooting marks of 44.7 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three.
A season ago, Vandersloot averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals over 26.5 minutes in 32 games.
The returns for Vandersloot and Stewart have yet to be announced, but there’s a strong possibility that the opening night lineup for the Liberty will be these two signings alongside All-Stars Betnijah Laney, Jonquel Jonquel Jones, and Sabrina Ionescu.