WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones signs offer to return to the Connecticut Sun.

Connecticut Sun striker Jonquel Jones, the 2022 WNBA MVP, has signed the core qualifying bid to return to the sun, the team announced Tuesday. feb. 1 is the first official day that free agents can sign deals.

Jones extended the offer on Jan. 10. The core designation, similar to the NFL’s franchise tag, gives a team exclusive negotiation rights with a player. The team has not released contract details, but according to Her Hoops Stats, Jones’ deal for two years is at $ 205,000 in 2022 and $ 211,150 in 2023.

The Sun had the league’s best record last season at 26-6 and were the no. 1 seed in the playoffs. They were overtaken in the semifinals by eventual champions Chicago. Jones had 18 double-doubles; and averaged 19.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in winning the MVP honor.

“This organization has believed in me since day one, and I absolutely feel like we have unfinished business,” Jones said of the quest to win the franchise’s first WNBA title. “The fans want it, the front office wants it and the players want it. So now we just have to go out and get it done and bring a [championship] back to Mohegan Sun. “

Jones, 28, was the no. 6 draft pick from George Washington in 2016 by the Los Angeles Sparks, who traded to Connecticut for guard Chelsea Gray. The deal worked for both teams, as Gray helped Los Angeles win the 2016 WNBA title, and the 6-foot-6 Jones became the midfielder for the Sun, leading them to the 2019 WNBA Finals.

“She’s one of the most versatile and talented players in the world,” said Connecticut coach and general manager Curt Miller. “She has a burning desire to improve, and we look forward to building on the momentum of her MVP season.”

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