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Maya Moore: 'I will not be playing professional basketball this year'

She wants to spend time with family and pursuing ministry dreams.
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Minnesota Lynx superstar Maya Moore announced Tuesday that she is sitting out the the 2019 WNBA season. 

The former MVP made her shocking announcement in an article for 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. 

Speculation about Moore's future with the Lynx began to stir a couple of weeks ago when WCCO's Mike Max reported that she could sit out the season. It came on the heels of an Associated Press report that said the Lynx have franchise tagged Moore for the 2019 season rather then allowing her the opportunity to test the free-agent market. 

Whether those details have anything to do with Moore's decision are unclear, but she certainly didn't indicate they were an issue. 

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Moore has played her entire eight-year career with the Lynx, having been named an All-Star six times and winning the WNBA MVP Award in 2014. She's been named All-WNBA every season since 2012, making the second team in 2012 and 2018, and the first team every year in between.

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