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WNBA and WNBPA close to finalizing new CBA amid ‘substantial progress’ in negotiations

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The new collective bargaining agreement is expected to be announced by Jan. 15. New provisions would take effect quickly, with free agency expected to begin on time on Feb. 1.

Atlanta Dream v Los Angeles Sparks
Layshia Clarendon (front) and Nneka Ogwumike might do battle on the court, but at the negotiating table they’re on the same side and getting things done.
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For WNBA players, Santa delivered two big things: 1) an extended CBA deadline that allows all involved to avoid a big announcement and associated press interviews during the festive season, and 2) the promise of a new collective bargaining agreement in the New Year.

In a joint press release on Thursday, Dec. 26, the WNBA and WNBPA stated:

We are making substantial progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement which we expect to finalize soon. In the meantime, we have extended the current agreement through January 15, 2020 and expect that free agency contract signings will begin on time on February 1, 2020.

Some of the best players in the league are unrestricted free agents in 2020 and would benefit from any salary increase the new CBA may bring. They include:

Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx)

Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)

DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury)

Liz Cambage (Las Vegas Aces)

Tina Charles (New York Liberty)

Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics)

Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings)

Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky)

Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks)

Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)

Glory Johnson (Dallas Wings)

Jonquel Jones (Connecticut Sun)

Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream)

Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky)

Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)

Kristi Toliver (Washington Mystics)

Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky)

Courtney Williams (Connecticut Sun)