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Elena Delle Donne is stepping away from basketball and will not signal the one-year supermax supply she acquired from the Washington Mystics forward of the 2024 season, in response to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
It is unclear how lengthy Delle Donne can be away from the sport. She made her determination to step away this week and “wants extra time to consider her future within the sport,” per Shelburne.
Earlier than free company started, Delle Donne knowledgeable the Mystics that “she was uncertain about her future, within the hopes she wouldn’t intervene with the Mystics’ offseason plans,” Shelburne added.
Washington then positioned the core designation on Delle Donne and nonetheless holds the rights to her contract.
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Delle Donne has spent the final six seasons of her profession in Washington after getting her begin with the Chicago Sky in 2013 because the second total decide within the WNBA draft.
The 34-year-old earned one in every of her two WNBA MVP awards with the Mystics and has additionally earned 4 of her seven All-Star alternatives in Washington. She helped the franchise win a WNBA title in 2019.
Delle Donne put collectively a strong 2023 season, averaging 16.7 factors, 5.4 rebounds and a couple of.1 assists in 23 video games whereas capturing 48.5 p.c from the ground and 39.3 p.c from deep. Nonetheless, the Mystics completed with the second-worst report within the Japanese Convention at 18-22 and suffered a first-round playoff loss to the New York Liberty.
With the Mystics once more not anticipated to contend for a title in 2024, it is no shock Delle Donne is weighing her choices.
The Mystics open the 2024 season on Could 14 towards the Liberty with a roster highlighted by Brittney Sykes, Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen.