Welcome to the Era of W.N.B.A. Superteams. New Stars Need Not Apply.

Instead, fans saw the emergence of two superteams thanks to a free agency arms race. The Las Vegas Aces, the defending champions, added the seven-time All-Star Candace Parker to a roster that already included A’ja Wilson, last season’s most valuable player, and the high-scoring guard Kelsey Plum. The Liberty, an original W.N.B.A. franchise hungry for their first championship, added Stewart, Jones and Vandersloot to a group led by Sabrina Ionescu, the 2020 No. 1 overall pick.

How can future superteams like these be created if newcomers aren’t given a shot to thrive?

“Let me just say this,” Alexis Morris, who started at point guard for Louisiana State in the title game, said on TikTok after the Connecticut Sun cut her. “It’s OK if you got waived for the W.N.B.A. 2023.”

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