Baylor's Alexis Jones (30) passes the ball during the first half of a regional final of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament against Mississippi State, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Photo: Alonzo Adams/AP
Photo: Alonzo Adams/AP

A look at the Dream, one week into WNBA free agency

The Dream claimed guard Alexis Jones off of waivers, the team announced Tuesday.

Jones, the No. 12 pick in the 2017 draft, was released by the Los Angeles Sparks at the start of WNBA free agency. 

Previously, the 5-foot-8 guard played collegiately at Duke and Baylor and professionally behind Chelsea Gray (Sparks, 2019) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx, 2017-18). She also won the 2017 WNBA championship with the Lynx alongside current Dream guard Renee Montgomery. 

Jones will be in the fourth season of her rookie contract, and her salary is $68,000.

With the Dream’s latest free-agent  acquisition, they are $197,280 below the $1.3 million salary cap. The team has one full protection roster spot available to use and enough money to sign one player to the new max of $185,000. 

Since the free-agency period began a week ago, the Dream offered deals to Indiana’s Tiffany Mitchell and then-Chicago’s Astou Ndour. Both players were restricted free agents, and the players’ respective teams matched the deals. The team signed Shekinna Stricklen to a two-year deal and Glory Johnson to a one-year contract and acquired Kalani Brown via trade. 

Johnson’s deal is worth $165,000 and in 2020. Stricklen will earn $170,000 and Kalani Brown $57,000. The Dream also extended a qualifying offer to center Alaina Coates, which gives them the right to negotiate exclusively with her.

A look at the current roster, just a week since the start of free agency:

Backcourt: Alexis Jones, Maite Cazorla, Renee Montgomery, Tiffany Hayes, Shekinna Stricklen, Nia Coffey (G/F).

Frontcourt: Jessica Breland, Monique Billings, Glory Johnson, Elizabeth Williams, Kalani Brown, Alaina Coates. 

The salaries of Billings, Cazorla and Coffey, were automatically increased to the new league minimum based on their years of service. Coffey will receive $68,000 and Billings and Cazorla $57,000.

The Dream holds the No. 4 pick in the WNBA draft, which is set for April 17, and more roster movement is likely to happen between now and the May 14 deadline for teams to set their roster of 12 players. The season opens May 15.

Stay tuned for more Atlanta Dream updates throughout the WNBA’s free-agency period.

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