The 2020 Summer Olympics will take place from July 24 to Aug. 9, and for the Dream, the Olympic break will begin after its July 10 game in Chicago. Two-time Olympian Angel McCoughtry, the Dream’s unrestricted free agent, is set to play for the U.S. women’s national basketball team in its college exhibition against Louisville on Feb. 2, one day after free agency begins.
No other current Dream player is on a roster for the coming college exhibition or the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament, but the Dream’s Tiffany Hayes, Brittney Sykes and Elizabeth Williams are in Team USA’s player pool.
After the break, the team will return to the court Aug. 16 against the defending champion Washington Mystics. The longest homestand is a four-game stretch from Aug. 20-28. The regular season will end at home Sept. 20 against Chicago.
“This year’s schedule is certainly a challenge, but one we are looking forward to,” Collen said. “With the addition of two games this season we are now playing 36 games in 93 days, so it will be fast and furious, with an obvious mid-season break for the Olympics.”
The Dream hasn’t been included in any of the 17 nationally televised games set to appear on ESPN or ABC, and no announcements have been made yet regarding games airing locally. Last season, WSB Channel 2’s WSB Now and Bounce TV aired 18 games, including eight away games.
The team finished the 2019 season with only eight wins, last in the league, after a magical 2018. So, in terms of games to look forward to, calendars should be marked for the opening game. It'll be fans' first look at what the team looks like after what should be a busy offseason.
The team has the No. 4 pick in the 2020 draft, and even before the new CBA was announced, more money to work with than it did heading into 2019, when it had to deal with the effects of the season-ending injury McCoughtry suffered in 2018. She was planning to return, so her play counted against the salary cap. McCoughtry and guard Alex Bentley are the team's unrestricted free agents. Hayes, Williams, Montgomery and Jessica Breland are returning on guaranteed contracts. Monique Billings, Maite Carzola, Nia Coffey, Brittney Sykes and Marie Gülich are still on their rookie contracts. Alaina Coates was signed to a contract through the end of the season.
Only four months to go until the season begins.