Without going into too much detail, much of the groundwork on what direction the team will ultimately take is covered semi-pre-emptively in the September 2012 Manifesto. Though General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault has said that free agency is the most important part for his team building plan right now, another equally important question to answer is whether he should keep the Mystics' current core together.
Regardless of what direction the team takes with its core and its current draft position, my opinion on which players are good targets don't really change much at all.
Free Agents tend to sign on the teams they played in the previous season. Which Mystics players from 2012 are now free agents?
There were no Mystics who were cored/given the franchise tag nor classified as a reserved player. Those players could only negotiate with their previous teams. There were players in restricted free agency, unrestricted free agency, and the suspended list.
- Guard Shannon Bobbitt, and Forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton are 2012 Mystics players who are restricted free agents (they can shop for offer sheets with other teams but the Mystics have first dibs on them and can match the offer sheets).
- Swingman Iziane Castro Marques, Swingman Noelle Quinn, and Center Ashley Robinson are unrestricted free agents and can sign with any team, Mystics or anyone else.
- Center Latoya Pringle-Sanders was on the Suspended List for 2012 and can only get back to the WNBA by negotiating with the Mystics.