Lynx forward Maya Moore will not play professional basketball in 2019

first_imgThis announcement comes on the heels of a recent report that suggested Moore might retire, take a year off or ask to be traded by Minnesota. She was expected to sign a multiyear contract with the Lynx this offseason, but she obviously has decided not to do so.According to the Star Tribune, the Lynx and Moore still have a good relationship and general manager Cheryl Reeve wished the star forward good luck.“What this is all about for us now, as a franchise, as a Lynx family, we need to give her the support she needs,” Reeve said. “That’s all we can do for her. There have been times in all of our lives when we felt the pull toward something. And Maya had the courage to act on it. At this point we’ll cheer her on and provide the love and support we always have.” Lynx forward and 2014 WNBA MVP Maya Moore will not be playing professional basketball in 2019.Moore instead will be focusing on faith and family, she announced Tuesday in The Players’ Tribune. “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,” she wrote.”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.”Moore, 29, averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Lynx last season. Minnesota lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Sparks.”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,” she wrote.”I’m thankful to my Lynx family and others close to me who have been walking with me during this shift, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”last_img

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