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How the salary cap affects low WNBA roster numbers, and a change proposal

The lead-in to tipoff of the 2022 WNBA season started as it had the past few years with news of big names and recent draftees being waived ahead of first games.

Two-time Seattle Storm champion Breanna Stewart was one of many to sound off on the issue, calling for a soft salary cap or the addition of practice players.

"We need to be developing young talent and taking advantage of the momentum newly drafted players bring from the college game," she wrote, which is a bridge WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, NCAA women's basketball personal and players have said needs remedied to grow fandom.