Time is running out for WNBA teams to make trades during the 2022 season. So if there's going to be a blockbuster deal, it will have to happen soon.
The WNBA trade deadline is set for Friday at 8 p.m. ET. After that point, the league's 12 teams won't be able to make any deals, and rosters will mostly be set for the push to the playoffs, which will begin Aug. 17.
There's typically not a ton of big moves during the leadup to the WNBA trade deadline, but this year could be different with one of the WNBA's top stars reportedly available.
According to Howard Megdel of The IX newsletter, the Phoenix Mercury have been "shopping" Skylar Diggins-Smith, a six-time All-Star guard who has spent the past three seasons with the team. Even though the Mercury have had some struggles, Diggins-Smith is averaging 19.4 points and 5.4 assists in 23 games.
Yet, teams around the league are "wary" of trading for Diggins-Smith, per Megdel. And that could be because of the dissension between her and the Mercury this season.
Earlier this year, Diggins-Smith and Diana Taurasi got into a heated exchange during a game. More recently, Diggins-Smith tweeted a clown emoji in response to a statement issued by Phoenix head coach Vanessa Nygaard, who had previously questioned the validity of the All-Star Game due to Taurasi's exclusion. (Diggins-Smith was named an All-Star this season.)
So it's possible that Diggins-Smith's time with the Mercury could be nearing an end. Even if she isn't dealt prior to the trade deadline, it will be interesting to see how the situation develops moving forward in Phoenix.
But as The Athletic's Lyndsey D'Arcangelo noted, the recent Diggins-Smith buzz is speculation, and she may not be going anywhere this week.
"My guess is she’d want to go to a contender, but that might be tough to find as the teams at the top are set at point guard already," D'Arcangelo wrote. "And right now it’s more a rumor than anything else."
There's still time for that to change, though. Just like more trade buzz could develop during the leadup to the deadline, even if it doesn't lead to any major moves taking place.