Azurá Stevens Signs Contract Extension with Chicago Sky

PALMETTO, FLORIDA - AUGUST 10: Azura Stevens #30 of the Chicago Sky handles the ball during the first half against the Seattle Storm at Feld Entertainment Center on August 10, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
(Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

In the latest WNBA breaking news, the Chicago Sky have extended the contract of Azurá Stevens through the 2022 WNBA season. Stevens signed a one-year deal which will make her $140,000 in 2022 league sources told Winsidr.

Stevens was selected as the No. 6 pick in the 2018 WNBA draft by the Dallas Wings. The six-foot-six forward missed the majority of the 2019 season with a foot injury. Before the 2020 season, the Wings traded Stevens to the Sky in exchange for Katie Lou Samuelson and a 2021 first-round draft pick.

Stevens started in every game she competed in last season with the Sky before suffering a season-ending knee injury, which she has been recovering from ever since. Stevens averaged 11.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and shot 50-percent from the field in her 13 games last season. 

Stevens has mobility and versatility, which is unique to the league. She can play with her back to the basket, face-up on the perimeter and drive it to the rim, stretch the floor and knock down the open three, and is a tremendous rebounder. If she can stay healthy, she has the potential to be a superstar of the WNBA. 

The Chicago Sky have been one of the more aggressive teams this free agency period with the addition of superstar Candace Parker, who has been vocal about her excitement and the potential Stevens brings to the league.

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Rachel Galligan is a basketball analyst at BetMGM, HERO Sports, and Winsidr, focusing on college hoops and the WNBA. She’s a former D1 standout at Eastern Illinois University, a three-time Hall of Famer, professional basketball player, and collegiate coach. Rachel also has served as a color analyst for ESPN, OVC Sports Network, and Mountain West Network.