Diana Taurasi is one of the highest-paid players in the WNBA with a salary of $107,000 per season. According to ESPN, 36 other players approach that same salary.
It was reported early this year that Taurasi will sit out the 2015 WNBA season because of her lucrative contract with a Russian club team for whom she plays during the year.
UMMC Ekaterinburg, Taurasi's pro team during the non-summer months, offered her a deal larger than her WNBA season to not play at all over the summer. After considering her upcoming international duties and the many minutes she's played over the years, Taurasi accepted. She will return to the Mercury in 2016.
The report highlights one of the major issues the WNBA faces as it strives for legitimacy: low salaries. Taurasi only earns $107,000 per season for the Mercury, according to ESPN. She earns $1.5 million, or 15 times her WNBA salary for UMMC Ekaterinburg.
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