AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will sit out the 2015 WNBA season after receiving a lucrative offer from her Russian club team to rest this summer.

Taurasi led the Mercury to their third WNBA title in 2014, earning finals MVP honors before returning to Russia, where she’s played the past several offseasons.

Taurasi sent a letter to Mercury fans saying it was a tough decision, but that the toll of playing year-round and the financial opportunity from UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia led her take the 2015 WNBA season off.

She plans to return to the WNBA in 2016.

A seven-time WNBA All-Star, Taurasi is the league’s second all-time leading scorer and a two-time finals MVP. She also was league MVP in 2009.

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