Sources: Sun sending ’21 MVP Jones to Liberty

Sources: Sun sending ’21 MVP Jones to Liberty

January 15, 2023

  • Covers women’s college basketball and the WNBA
  • Previously covered UConn and the WNBA Connecticut Sun for the Hartford Courant
  • Stanford graduate and Baltimore native with further experience at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times and Cincinnati Enquirer

2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones is being traded from the Connecticut Sun to the New York Liberty in a deal that’s expected to be finalized Sunday night, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Jones, a four-time All-Star, requested the trade specifically to New York; she had one more year on her contract with the Sun, who recently brought in a new head coach in Stephanie White.

The Liberty are a burgeoning championship contender with Sabrina Ionescu leading the way. They have also historically tried to court two-time Finals MVP Breanna Stewart, who’s a free agent this year.

Jones — a 6-6 forward/center from the Bahamas — averaged 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game this past season, helping lead Connecticut to a second WNBA Finals berth in four years. The Sun are still searching for their first championship.

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