Taurasi Sitting Out In 2015 Presents New Problems For WNBA
Diana Taurasi will sit out for the 2015 WNBA season, so she can rest and prepare to play for her Russian team. Could other players do the same?By Christian Bryant | February 4, 2015
What if I told you the best player in the NBA, NFL or MLB decided to sit out a year to play in an overseas league. Like, if LeBron James took his talents to Spain or Tom Brady left Foxborough, Massachusetts for ... Finland.
That's essentially what's happening for one WNBA player. Diana Taurasi, three-time WNBA champion and two-time WNBA Finals MVP, announced this week she's sitting out the 2015 season to rest up for her other team — in Russia.
Taurasi would make nearly $110,000 playing for the Phoenix Mercury in 2015. Compare that to her $1.5 million salary in Russia. Plus, her Russian team will compensate her for the salary she won't be getting from the WNBA. She made it pretty clear in an open letter to fans her decision was at least partly about the money.