Maya Moore announces she will sit out 2019 season

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When the 2019 season commences in May, it will be without one of the WNBA’s premier stars.

Maya Moore ended weeks of speculation on her future when she wrote an article for The Players’ Tribune announcing that she will sit out the upcoming season.

Moore wrote that instead of basketball, she plans to take time to focus on her family as well as her faith.

My focus in 2019 will not be on professional basketball, but will instead be on the people in my family, as well as on investing my time in some ministry dreams that have been stirring in my heart for many years.

–Maya Moore (Players’ Tribune)

I’m sure this year will be hard in ways that I don’t even know yet, but it will also be rewarding in ways I’ve yet to see too.

Moore was given core status by the Minnesota Lynx last month, which prompted much speculation on her future. Speculation ranged from her demanding a trade to her retiring from the WNBA altogether.

Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve was at an event for season ticket holders and said that Moore was happy in Minnesota and did not request a trade.

Moore has built a Hall of Fame caliber career throughout her time with the Lynx – including winning regular season MVP in 2014, five All-Star appearances, the last three All-Star MVPs, and four WNBA championships.

The 2018 season was one that was tiring for the 29-year-old Moore. She was expected to be one of the team captains for the All-Star Game, which was held in Minneapolis, but did not do so.

In addition, she did not participate with Team USA in the FIBA World Cup in Spain after the conclusion of the season.

On the court, it was also an unusual season of sorts for the Lynx, despite moving back to Target Center after renovations were complete. Minnesota was eliminated by budding rival Los Angeles Sparks in the first round of the playoffs and another one of its premier players in Lindsay Whalen was transitioning full-time to being head coach with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

I will certainly miss the day-to-day relationships with my teammates and basketball family this season, but my no for the 2019 pro season allows me to say yes to my family and faith family like I never have before.

–Maya Moore (Players’ Tribune)

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