The Atlanta Dream finished last in the 2019 season with their heart and soul, Angel McCoughtry, playing five seconds in the last game of the season. They have five players who are free agents.
With five players as free agents the Atlanta Dream have some fairly major decisions to make for the first time in two seasons. Thanks to the new CBA the Dream now have some good money to play with They have the 4th, 25th and 27th pick in the 2020 draft. Lets take a look at the players they have the ability to re-sign.
The beating haert of the Dream offense, and one of the best in the game at stealing the ball Angel McCoughtry is an absolute must for this Dream roster. With her in 2018 this team were just a few games from the WNBA Finals. Without her they were the worst team in the league.
Hopefully McCoughtry has regained full health, as her knee injury cut short the 2018 playoff run and, with the exception of the token start in the final game of the 2019 season, she has not played since. This is the only question that needs to be answered prior to McCoughtry being resigned.
Acquired by the Dream from the Connecticut Sun midseason for Layisha Clarendon and a 2019 second round draft pick. Bently was traded from the Sun after an altercation with star guard Courtney Williams
Bently played 29 games, starting four of them. She averaged 9.0 points per game shooting at an appalling 30.7 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent from behind the 3-point line.
She did average 3.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. However, this will porbably not be enough to save her. She will most probably be looking for another team who need a scorer who can take over a game on her night.
Alaina Coates played nine games for the Dream last season, averaging just 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. She shot the ball at 64.3 percent from the field. Coates has not had a big chance to establish herself in the line up and will struggle to hold her position on the team.
Brtiinet Sykes is the most important player of this free agency period for the Dream to re-sign. Yes, over and above the superstar McCoughtry, Sykes is a big part of the future of the franchise.
After winning the rookie of the year in her first season, Sykes regressed in her second year but that was due to the return of McCoughtry. Last season Sykes scored 10.2 points per game Her percentages were low shooting 36.5 percent from the floor and 25.9 percent from deep.
This was mainly due to the sluggish Dream offense which did not get going all year. She did average 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season.
Did not play for the Dream last year. Will be replaced on the payroll next season.