Basketball world reacts to New York Liberty's epic offseason moves

The New York Liberty have been the talk of the WNBA in recent days after two more franchise-altering moves came this week on the heels of a massive trade back in mid-January.

Breanna Stewart – a four-time All-Star, two-time champion and the 2018 league MVP – announced on Wednesday her intent to sign with the Liberty in a social media post. Barely 24 hours after that, four-time All-Star and 2021 champion Courtney Vandersloot also tweeted she was joining the star-studded Liberty roster.

This pair of moves occurred less than a month after the Liberty acquired another four-time All-Star and former MVP in Jonquel Jones after swinging a three-team deal with the Connecticut Sun and Dallas Wings.

These three MVP-caliber stars are set to join forces with superstar Sabrina Ionescu, and the talented supporting cast under Liberty head coach Sandy Brondello.

Here’s a glimpse of what sports media members and basketball experts are saying about the moves made by the Liberty so far this offseason.


Alexa Philippou, ESPN – Feb. 2, 2023

"Star point guard Courtney Vandersloot will sign with the New York Liberty, she announced Thursday, further bolstering the Liberty's prospects of winning a franchise-first championship in the near future… Vandersloot, a four-time All-Star and five-time all-WNBA selection, is widely regarded as one of the best point guards in league history."

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press – Feb. 2, 2023

"Courtney Vandersloot became the latest star to join the New York Liberty… The moves give New York a potent lineup, with Stewart, Vandersloot, Sabrina Ionescu, Betnijah Laney and Jonquel Jones making the Liberty an instant championship contender."

Geoff Herbert, – Feb. 3, 2023

"Central New York native Breanna Stewart is bringing a superteam to her home state. The Associated Press reports WNBA star Courtney Vandersloot announced Thursday she would join Stewie on the New York Liberty, now loaded with Sabrina Ionescu, Betnijah Laney, and 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones. Vandersloot, Stewart, Ionescu and Jones were all WNBA All-Stars last year; Laney was an All-Star in 2021."

Mackenzie Meaney, – Feb. 3, 2023

"New York gained pieces to make a deep playoff push, something they haven’t done since 2002, and have subsequently created a super team that people are eager to see take the court with one of the best starting fives in recent history."


Clare Brennan, Sports Illustrated – Feb. 1, 2023

"The move is arguably one of the most consequential and high-profile in league history."

Matthew Roberson, New York Daily News – Feb. 1, 2023

"Simply put, the Liberty is going to be a problem for the rest of the league… Now that she’s a member of the Liberty, Stewart has shifted the league’s tectonic plates quite dramatically. In one of the biggest moves in WNBA history, the Liberty have made one thing very clear: the 2023 season is about winning a championship."

David Waldstein, New York Times – Feb. 2, 2023

"One of the most accomplished basketball players in the last decade, Stewart announced she would join the Liberty in one of the biggest free-agent moves in W.N.B.A. history… With her skill, size and leadership, Stewart was considered the top free agent in this year’s market, with the chance to tip the balance of power in the league with her decision."

Wilton Jackson, Sports Illustrated – Feb. 2, 2023

"In Seattle, [Breanna Stewart] put the W on notice in 2016 as the league’s Rookie of the Year, became a four-time All-Star, a two-time WNBA champion, a league MVP, a two-time Finals MVP and the WNBA’s scoring leader in 2022… While Stewart has not put on a Liberty uniform or taken a shot on the court inside the Barclays Center as the newest member of New York’s squad, the hype for New York becoming one of the WNBA’s biggest superteams took flight."


Kevin Pelton, – Jan. 15, 2023

"The Howard-Jones swap is unambiguously an enormous win for New York… Looking forward, Jones -- who turned 29 earlier this month -- is more than two years younger than [Natasha] Howard, making her a better long-term option. Add it up, and any team would happily make that swap."

Brendon Kleen, 9News – Jan. 17, 2023

"The New York Liberty set off the first fireworks of WNBA free agency this week when they traded the No. 6 overall pick in this spring’s WNBA draft, along with 2022 All-Star Natasha Howard and reserve players Rebecca Allen and Crystal Dangerfield, for 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones… The trade for Jones this week cements them as WNBA title contenders."

Brian Fleurantin, Nets Daily – Jan. 21, 2023

"On January 16, the New York Liberty made a move that changed the landscape of the WNBA. They acquired Dallas Wings forward, Kayla Thornton, and Connecticut Sun superstar and 2021 MVP, Jonquel Jones, in a blockbuster trade. The move was lauded all across the league and has taken the Liberty to another tier in the WNBA."