Here’s a look at your 2022 Chicago Sky

Despite the seriousness of the impending season and the line of questioning that came with it, Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and the rest of the Sky’s roster seemed to enjoy the afternoon of media.

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(From left) Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Azurá Stevens pose for a portrait Tuesday afternoon at the Chicago Sky’s practice facility, the Sachs Recreation Center in Deerfield.

(From left) Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Azurá Stevens pose for a portrait Tuesday afternoon at the Chicago Sky’s practice facility, the Sachs Recreation Center in Deerfield.

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The Chicago Sky’s title defending season tips off on Friday against the Los Angeles Sparks but not before the team hosted media day at Sachs Recreation Center in Deerfield on Tuesday.

Sky coach/GM James Wade and his team fielded questions all day about what it will take to run it back and bring another championship to Chicago. Despite the seriousness of the impending season and the line of questioning that came with it, Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and the rest of the Sky’s roster seemed to enjoy the afternoon of media.

Friday’s game marks the first time Parker will play against her former Sparks team since she departed Los Angeles for Chicago last February. It will also be 2019 WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman’s Sky debut.

Wade still has roster cuts to make ahead of the WNBA’s May 5 roster deadline date. The Sky’s roster currently has 14 players listed after Wade waived Kaela Davis, Tina Krasjisnik, Anneli Maley, Sparkle Taylor and Kysre Gondrezick on Wednesday. The Sky will play with 11 this season to fit within the salary cap.

The Sky’s six protected veteran contracts belong to Parker, Vandersloot, Quigley, Meesseman, Azurá Stevens and Kahleah Copper. Ruthy Hebard, Dana Evans, Julie Allemand and Li Yueru are on unprotected contracts but will be on Wade’s final roster. This brings the Sky to 10 rostered players, meaning Wade has the cap space to sign one more player for the season.

Without Copper, Allemand and Li here for the start of the 2022 season, the Sky will drop below the league required 10 available players once final training camp cuts are made. Dropping below 10 available players makes the team eligible for an emergency hardship exception, allowing them to sign players to replacement contracts.

It’s likely that the replacement contracts go to select players waived by Wade this week.

Waived players must clear a 48-hour window before they are able to sign a new contract. This means any of the five players waived Wednesday will be eligible to sign a new contract ahead of Friday’s season opener.

Once Copper, Allemand and Li arrive in Chicago, players who do sign replacement contracts will need to be waived.

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