NEW YORK (AP) – A person familiar with the details says that Breanna Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles tendon over the winter and is out for the year.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because no official announcement has been made.
The league has no injury list for teams, so Seattle suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. The WNBA will pay Stewart in excess of the roughly $65,000 base salary she would have made with the Storm.
It is not known if any active players have previously been paid by the league as ambassadors.
Seattle could have kept Stewart on the active roster and paid her salary, but the Storm also lost Sue Bird indefinitely to a knee injury this week, meaning they would have started the season with only 10 healthy players.