Report: Free agent Aerial Powers 'unlikely' to re-sign with the Mystics

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Report: Aerial Powers 'unlikely' to re-sign with the Mystics originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Aerial Powers is not expected to return to the Washington Mystics and is pursuing opportunities elsewhere in WNBA free agency according to the Washington Post's Kareem Copeland

Shortly after, Powers tweeted she will join the Minnesota Lynx.

The 5'9 guard/forward established herself as a vital bench contributor after coming to D.C. via a 2018 trade with the Dallas Wings. Not gaining much playing time with the Wings, the former No. 5 overall pick found a new home with the Mystics early on. 

As a spark off the bench, Powers had a huge impact for Washington in their championship season in 2019. She was the second player off the bench, behind WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman. Her electricity and spark as the leader of the second-unit was critical to a group that many considered could be another team's starting five. 

This past season was a career year for Powers and a chance for her to show out in the WNBA bubble. With several starters sitting out of the season due to health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic and to fight for social causes, Powers was one of the top returners that remained from the championship squad. Before she was sidelined with a significant hamstring injury, she was averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and field-goal percentage in six games. 

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As a dynamic, versatile scorer at multiple levels of the game, Powers was an ideal player to fit in head coach Mike Thibault's scheme. The coach even prioritized her re-signing, along with Meesseman's, at his end of season press conference.

This is the first time of Powers' young career that she has been able to enter free agency. After her performance in the bubble as a starter, it is anticipated she is due for a pay raise. 

It's likely that the Mystics weren't able to meet the terms that Powers was looking for as they have several other holes in the roster that need to be filled. With the Mystics close to agreeing to a contract with veteran Alysha Clark, it also will leave at least one of the team's free agents on the outside. 

Powers cannot sign a new contract until Feb. 1. Until then she is able to negotiate with any team in the league.