Myisha Hines-Allen is finalizing a 'multi-year deal' to return to the Washington Mystics, according to Rachel Galligan of Winsidr.
The forward would return to the only WNBA organization she has ever played with after getting her first taste of limited free agency.
Entering this offseason, the four-year veteran was a restricted free agent, giving the Mystics a preferred opportunity to re-sign her. It also allowed Hines-Allen to hit the open market seeking the best deal. Washington would then have the chance to match any offer from another team to keep her in the District. If the Mystics chose not to match the contract, she could then sign with that new team.
It was reported by the Washington Post that Hines-Allen received interest from a number of other WNBA teams.
This past season was the Louisville product's second straight playing significant minutes. She exploded onto the scene in the 2020 'wubble' in Florida as several key Mystics sat out of the coronavirus-shortened season. It vaulted her into a starting role where she became the team's leading scorer with 17.0 ppg. She nearly averaged a double-double with 8.9 rebounds per game as well.
Her performance led to a runner-up finish in Most Improved Player that season and WNBA Second Team honors. Statistically, it was far and away the best of her career.
Running it back in 2021 was not as successful for the wing scorer. Getting to the Mystics late, as well as a lingering knee injury and a non-COVID illness led to a dip in her production. She finished third on the team in scoring among the regulars with 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Inking Hines-Allen is the first significant step of the 2022 free agency period for Washington. Already the team brought back depth piece Megan Gustafson to a training camp contract. As a restricted free agent, Hines-Allen's offer sheet was the first decision that had to be made. However, this signing will likely hamper the team's ability to make a splash in a loaded free-agent class.
Her contract will further dictate the plans for the Mystics -- namely whether they re-sign former MVP, Tina Charles. Once the terms of the deal are revealed it will give better insight on whether Washington has the financial flexibility to sign Charles to a near-max deal and build out the rest of the roster at the same time. One would imagine that the team would have looked to lock-down Hines-Allen if there was any indication that Charles wouldn't return.
Hines-Allen joins Elena Delle Donne, Natasha Cloud, Alysha Clark, Ariel Atkins, Sydney Wiese, Erica McCall and Gustafson as players currently under contract for 2022.