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BREAKING: Maya Moore to sit out 2019 season

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The Minnesota Lynx will have some big shoes to fill, as Moore averaged 18 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 36.5 percent from three-point range for the 2018 season.

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Four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore has decided to pause her basketball career in 2019 to focus on other endeavors.

Today the Minnesota Lynx found out along with the rest of the world that their franchise player in Maya Moore is sitting out for the 2019 WNBA season.

Moore announced her decision to step away from the WNBA in an essay published 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,” Moore wrote.

Moore, 29, was cored by the Lynx in order to retain her in order to avoid a free agency saga.

The four-time WNBA champion did not compete with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team, missing the 2018 FIBA World Cup, and hinted toward the possibility of sitting out the 2019 season or retiring, per WCCO’s Mike Max.

The Lynx forward finished the 2018 season averaging 18 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 36.5 percent from three.

Today’s news will impact the Lynx in the immediate and distant future.