The Washington Mystics haven't made any moves of consequence, but they have officially moved into a new era with long-time forward Monique Currie signing a contract with the Phoenix Mercury.
General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault gave his insights to Jumoke Davis of Monumental Network about the team's younger direction, most notably on his decision to grant Tayler Hill's and Emma Meesseman's fourth-year player options.
In the video, we also learned why Hill is not playing overseas in the winter. One of the major reasons why was because she didn't receive much interest from teams after her pregnancy. However, Hill is expected to come to town a month early for workouts, like Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is right now.
Thibault also likes the fact that Emma Meesseman and Stefanie Dolson are both playing for Spartak in Moscow together, and he made reference to Meesseeman's personality coming out more. He's probably referring to that Whitney Houston lip sync Instagram not too long ago.
To top it all off, Meesseman, Dolson, Hill, and BRIA HARTLEY were referred to as the foundation for the team early on. That sounds exactly like point one of the five suggestions I had for their offseason strategy.
No, he hasn't forgotten about the veterans. Thibault has been in regular contact with Kara Lawson, who's an ESPN college basketball analyst or Ivory Latta, who's an assistant coach at North Carolina. They are probably helping him with his draft board given what they do on a day-to-day basis, but he hasn't referred to them as the foundation of the team either, so take it for what it's worth.
The Washington Mystics' offseason has begun quietly given that they haven't made any significant acquisitions. But with Monique Currie moving on to play for a contender, it allows Thibault to focus a bit more on the youth movement he started since coming to Washington just a couple years ago.