NEW YORK (AP) — 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, a person familiar with the details said.
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.