The Dallas Wings re-signed five players on Monday, Feb. 10, the first day of WNBA free agency.
Point guard Moriah Jefferson, the key return in the Liz Cambage trade last off-season with Las Vegas, and center Megan Gustafson signed multi year deals to return to Dallas. Imani McGee-Stafford, Karlie Samuelson and Morgan Bertsch also re-signed with the Wings. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Jefferson, a Dallas native, has yet to appear in a game for Dallas after sitting out the 2019 season because of injury. She was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA draft out of UConn and finished second in rookie of the year voting. Overall, she's appeared in 71 WNBA games, averaging 10.5 points and 3.8 assists per game.
"Moriah is one of the top young point guards in the league when healthy," Gregg Bibb, Wings president and CEO, said in a news release. "After staying home this winter and working on rehabbing and strengthening her knee, I believe she will return to her pre-injury level of play."
Said Jefferson: "I never thought I would get the chance to be back home in Dallas, getting to play with a great organization and in front of a great city with amazing fans. I can't wait to get started and see what the year has in store for us."
Gustafson, a Port Wing native who had her number retired by the University of Iowa in January, averaged 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last season. She's currently playing in Hungary.
"It's exciting to know that Megan will be returning to the Wings," Wings coach Brian Agler said in the release. "I know she will give a great effort to earn a spot. She's turning into a true professional as we are monitoring her play in Hungary."
McGee-Stafford, a center from the University of Texas, averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in her first season with Dallas. Samuelson, a guard, appeared in four games for the Wings last season. Bertsch, a forward picked in the third round by Dallas last year, has been playing in Russia.