Oct 6, 2020; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) leaves the court with an armful of confetti and a bottle of champagne after winning the 2020 WNBA Finals at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

In five seasons with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, power forward Breanna Stewart has averaged 20 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, been named WNBA Rookie of the Year, WNBA MVP, and a three-time All-Star, and she has two WNBA championships in which she was named Finals MVP as well.

So if Stewart, who was an unrestricted free agent, wanted to leave the Storm for a fresh challenge, she certainly would have been within her rights. However, the two-time Olympic gold medalist who won four NCAA titles at UConn has decided to re-sign with the Storm for one season on a supermax deal, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes.

A lot of people expected Stewart to leave Seattle and join the New York Liberty following a meeting with team brass recently. However, the Syracuse native has decided to remain on the West Coast for at least one more year where she’ll team once more with Sue Bird in the hopes of winning another WNBA title.

Stewart underwent surgery for a minor repair and reinforcement of an Achilles tendon in October. She missed the 2019 WNBA season after suffering an Achilles injury.

Whether or not this season will be her final one with the Storm remains to be seen. But for the moment, Seattle’s WNBA crowd and others in the basketball world had some strong reactions to the news of her return.

[Chris Haynes]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.