The Washington Mystics have had a quiet WNBA free agency period since their initial flurry of moves early in February.
First, let’s get to a player they waived. Rebecca Greenwell, Washington’s 2018 third round draft pick was waived on Feb. 27. Given that she did not play for Washington due to injury in 2018 or 2019, and that the Mystics have played very well the last couple seasons, this move isn’t particularly surprising.
The day before, Washington made another move by picking an international player. The Mystics signed Korean forward Lee Seul Kang to a training camp contract. Kang plays for Bucheon KEB Hana Bank in the WKBL, the same team that reserve forward Myisha Hines-Allen is playing during the winter.
The 25-year old Kang is averaging 16.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the WKBL this season and making 36.7 percent of her three point shots. She is also a member of the Korean women’s national team where she played in the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup, the 2020 Olympic qualifiers and is expected to make the Olympic roster as well.
Assuming Kang makes the Mystics’ opening day roster, she could be one of two Koreans in the WNBA including Las Vegas Aces center Ji-Su Park.
It will be interesting to see how the Mystics make the most out of their international talent, which includes 2019 WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman who plays for the Belgian national team.